Mark87 saidFrom what I've read/heard its impossible to have a relationship but easy to have sex. Same as the Caribbean except with the mandatory segregation of women in most cases men who don't identify at all as being gay will dabble if it's offered just because it's the only real sexual outlet until you're married
I hear in places like Turkey, which is an Islamic nation, gay sex is plentiful and that the attitudes towards gays, men in particular, is rather relaxed.
Turkey is not an Islamic nation. It is a secular nation where the majority of the population happens to be Muslim (although in recent years right-wing fundamentalists have been trying to push their religious agenda on public policy...but we've essentially got the same situation here in the US).
Attitudes towards homosexuality I would say are almost uniformly negative, but there is nevertheless a lot of variation (Turkey is more liberal than say, Saudi Arabia). My basis for this opinion is just my own personal experience meeting people here in the US who immigrated from the region.
Despite having never traveled to the region (although I do kind of have a morbid curiosity to visit a very strict country like Saudi Arabia or Iran just to experience it first hand), my impression is that there are very large underground gay scenes in larger cities but that people nevertheless need to be very cautious in their day to day life, lest they get sent to prison or worse.
There was a documentary I watched on YouTube a while back about the underground gay scene in Iran, it was pretty interesting. There was also an other documentary about the lives of transsexuals in Iran which was also pretty illuminating. If I find the links to either of them I'll post them here.