22/05/2009 | Writer: KAOS GL

May 18, 2009

A Turkish soccer referee forced from his job for being gay revealed his identity on national television Saturday in a plea for tolerance.

While homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, there are no nondiscrimination laws for sexual orientation and moves are afoot to ban LGBT groups.

Halil Ibrahim Dincdag, 33, was forced from his job as referee after he was excused from his compulsory military service when he was listed as gay in a medical report. Gays are barred from serving in the Turkish military. Anyone who can
Tags: human rights