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Want Out Of The Turkish Military? Prepare To Be Humiliated And Possibly Blackmailed

Don’t want to serve in the army, young Turk? No prob, if you’re gay, disabled or terminally ill. Otherwise, drop and bana 50 ver.

But gay men, who are banned from military service in Turkey, must be prepared to show one or more of the following: photos of themselves dressed as a woman, shots of them kissing another man, or graphic photos of anal sex—with them bottoming (topping is still good enough to get you cleared for active duty).

Oh, and your face must be clearly visible in all of these shots.

As the BBC reported this week, getting a “pink certificate”—the homosexual exemption for mandatory conscription—can be a humiliating experience for gay Turks. A round of inappropriate questions is guaranteed: When did you first have oral sex? How about anal sex? Oh, and do you like football? Is that women’s perfume you’re wearing?

And the pink certificate is hardly Willy Wonka’s golden ticket: Homophobia is rampant in Muslim Turkey, and if it’s discovered why you haven’t served, you could face harassment, housing and job discrimination, or worse.

And then there are those photos. If they’re graphic enough, you’ll be deemed ineligible for the military. But afterwards? Army doctors keep your pix.

“It’s still terrible,” said one veteran of the degrading ordeal. “Because somebody holds those photographs. They can show them at my village, to my parents, my relatives.”

Photo by isafmedia

By:           Dan Allen
On:           Mar 29, 2012
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  • 2 Comments
    • RJM
      RJM

      What if you’re versatile? Is half your body required to join and the other exempt? I think the real purpose is to filter out the straight guys using the pink card to avoid military service. And as a gay man why would I necessarily want to be exempt from the military? I’d serve!

      Mar 29, 2012 at 10:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Christopher Banks
      Christopher Banks

      Simpler test: offer to blow the recruiting officer. Then we’ll see how serious they are.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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