In Turkey, there are burly men who cover themselves in olive oil and grapple with each other wearing leather trousers. The wrestlers, their muscles rippling in olive oil under the hot sun, try to pin each other to the ground. Putting a hand down the opponent's trousers to get a better grip is a common tactic. Homosexuality is not banned in overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey, and several big cities have thriving gay scenes, but police harassment is frequent and the issue is generally considered taboo.

based on a Reuters report on April 7th, Anno Domini 2000

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