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Iran: Transsexuals tolerated

Transsexuals tolerated
By Robert Tait in Tehran
September 27, 2007

WHEN Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's combative President, asserted at Columbia University in New York that there were no homosexuals in his country, he may have been indulging in sophistry or just plain wishful thinking.

While Mr Ahmadinejad may want to believe that his Islamic society is non-gay, it is a belief undermined by the paradox that transsexuality is tolerated and sex changes are encouraged under Iran's theocratic system.

Iran has between 15,000 and 20,000 transsexuals, according to official statistics, although unofficial estimates put the figure at up to 150,000. Iran carries out more gender change operations than any country in the world besides Thailand.

Sex changes have been legal since the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, authorised them nearly 25 years ago. While homosexuality is considered a sin, transsexuality is considered an illness with a cure.

Since Mr Ahmadinejad took office in 2005, his government has provided grants for operations and further funding for hormone therapy.

Maryam Khatoon Molkara, leader of the country's main transsexual organisation, said some of those undergoing operations were gay rather than transsexuals. "In Iran, transsexuals are part of the homosexual family. Is it possible that a phenomenon exists in the world but not in Iran?"

Gay rights activists said several gay men had been caught up in a wave of hangings over the summer.

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From what I heard Ahmadinejad was incorrectly translated - along the lines of that queers are not on the political radar to him in Iran, and are therefore a non issue.
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Another one. Happy couple?
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These two are genuinely scary bozos, the real thing.
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Yeah, me too. What he said.

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Can't believe how poorly Columbia U pres handled the situation. Moron.
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