Military service is mandatory for all Turkish men - they can only escape it if they are ill, disabled or homosexual. But proving homosexuality is a humiliating ordeal. Ahmet, a young man in his 20s, told officials he was gay at the first opportunity after he was called up, as he and other conscripts underwent a health check. Ahmet hopes this will give him what he needs - a "pink certificate", which will declare him homosexual and therefore exempt from military service. Over the years, gay life has been becoming more visible in Turkey's big cities. Cafes and clubs with an openly gay clientele have been opening in Istanbul, and last summer's gay pride march - unique in the Muslim world - was the largest ever.
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Istanbul is a very big city. Fortunately many of the interesting places including the gay night life are close to each other. Most gay bars and clubs, the shopping street, and many trendy restaurants can be found near Taksim Square map. From Taksim you can walk to most places. Taxis are cheap but traffic can be busy.
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