In turkey, compulsory military service applies to all male turkish citizens between the ages of 18 and 41. However, the turkish military openly discriminates against homosexuals by barring them from serving in the military. At the same time, turkey in violation of its obligations under the european convention on human rights withholds any recognition of conscientious objection to. Transsexual people experience a gender identity that is inconsistent with their assigned sex, and desire to permanently transition to the sex or gender with which they identify, usually seeking medical assistance (including sex reassignment therapies, such as hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery) to help them align their body with their identified sex or gender. Despite continued legal challenges and discrimination, istanbuls gay pride celebration featured turkeys first-ever transsexual beauty contest. Istanbul, turkey near one of the busiest streets in istanbul, a row of nondescript houses holds a secret unknown to most foreigners here.