Iranian homosexuals carve out a refuge in Turkey
(Kayseri, Turkey) The salmon-colored building has seen better days. Paint peels from the moldy facades. Pieces of cardboard, newspaper and plastic cover the many missing windows – not worth replacing, because the neighborhood kids, who know this as “the gay building,” will just smash them again.
The two-story building in Kayseri’s Fez Kichak neighborhood has become an informal halfway-house for Iranian homosexuals fleeing torment in their homeland and hoping to make it to the West.