You Won’t Find That In Reading Lolita

The BBC’s Frances Harrison has a fascinating article about transsexuality in Iran. While homosexuality remains illegal in the Islamic Republic, transsexuality is openly discussed by clerics, who consider sex-change a human right. Harrison talks to two transsexuals, one man who is close to realizing his dream of becoming a woman, and one woman who has already changed genders.

Iranian society has yet to catch up with its religious leaders – who say transsexuality is an illness like any other for which Islam has the solution and science the cure.

Alan shows me his new birth certificate and passport, which has been legally changed to say he is now a man. He’s surprised to learn in Britain a transsexual who’s had a sex change operation cannot change his or her gender on their birth certificate.

Thanks to David for the link.

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