I am curious how many of those 1,000+ people ended up getting beaten to death by various Islamic militias after 2010?
Unfortunately a lot of these people are just gay people, not really transgender. Iranian society accepts that some people are born in the wrong body, but does not accept same-sex attraction, so young gay men in particular are frequently pressurised into becoming a woman in order to keep the family’s honour intact.
Another extremely bad effect of this is that a large number of those undergoing the surgery end up with drug issues or even committing suicide, because it’s not what they wanted in the first place.
All very sad.
Ah, you answered my question while I was writing my post.
Yes, I had already read about that, but Pink News should have included that explanation on the article.
I’m sure I read somewhere that there was an issue in Iran with some LGB people being forced to identify as trans and put themselves through GR as this was acceptable whereas same-sex relationships are not. Does anyone have more information about whether this is the case? Given that homosexuality is punishable by death, you can perhaps understand that this might happen.
Yes, it makes sense in a horrible sort of way – reducing a man whose sexuality could be seen as a threat (to their concept of stability) to a childless woman – the lowest of the low in that ghastly society – is a cruelly effective strategy. It has nothing, nothing to do with a liberal approach to transsexuality.
Acceptable is an overstatement. Legally tolerated is closer. Good luck getting a job, or a house, or marrying.
I wonder if you have to state your post transition orientation before you get your permit? and would you only be approved if later you’ll be “straight”?
I wonder how many of those people volunteered to have the gender reassignment or were coerced into it? Wasn’t there a C4 documentary that discussed the issue? Weren’t ‘passive’ gay men seen as being ‘feminine’ and were given ‘counselling’ to ‘support them’ in making the transition into becoming female? And weren’t they then shunned by family members? I am not convinced that this is quite the progressive policy some people think it is.
Oops, just read that There Other David comment and totally agree.
Also just read ‘redclaire’ post and rehan. Totally agree. This isn’t an issue of a liberal approach. It is quite a violent form of homophobia that mutilates peoples bodies. Vile.
As others here have suggested, it sounds like the very Islamic version of ex-gay therapy, very disturbing.
It is unfortunate that many gay, lesbian and bisexual Iranians have to resort to gender reassignment surgery as a forced choice.The only other viable choice for them if they remain in the country is to try and avoid get caught which could cost them their lives.In fact, the high number of surgeries may indicate this harsh reality – many are probably gay, lesbian and bisexuals who would rather live as such rather than be forced into a gender reassignment surgery.Even then, Iranian society, at large, does not accept transgender people who are murdered because they “dishonour” their families’.
Insight into the real reasons for gender reassignment in Iran.
No one should have to go to these extremes to stay alive or have a relationship which would be acceptable in western society! It’s inconceivable that people have to go to these extremes.
Frightening. The only thing more scary and wrong than denying transgender people their right to have a sex change is forcing cisgender people to have a sex change without they wanting or needing. A really twisted country, the way Iran wishes to destroy homosexual identity by denying it even exists.
Not only are gay (as opposed to transgendered) people being coerced into gender reassignment surgery in order to conform, any man who becomes a woman will in the process give up many of his rights he would have enjoyed as a man and be forced into second-class citizenship and wear the hijab which is compulsary in Iran.
Most of these people force themselves to undergo SRS because its the only way they can be accepted as a gay couple, is if somebody says that they are actually the opposite gender and prove they are planning to transition. Transexuals who need SRS to feel right in their body and sex as well as in their gender are quite a minority within the transgender umbrella. Figures like this are suspicious.
Crazy Islamic Republic! ! Iran accepts 2 sexes ; MAN and Woman. Period! 45% of those who have had reassignment operations are “ordinary” gay or lesbians !!( They are brainwashed by the Regime, and in order to avoid discrimination and violence they undergo this operation—) They end up jobless or as prostitutes. Transgender people are looked upon as sick and unwanted. They are discriminated and harassed by society- everywhere ! “They are against God”- according to Iranian logic. A lot of LBGT-persons commit suicide in Iran. They are–very often–unwanted by their own families. IT IS EXTREMELY HARD TO LIVE AS GAY, LESBIAN OR TRANSGENDER IN IRAN ! Support IRQR !
The main criminal,in this connection,in addition to The Islamic Republic- is Dr. Bahram Mir-Jalali, based in Teheran. This fascist has made himself rich due to his sex-reassignment operations. This cold devil has performed hundreds of surgeries–and received money from the Regime—Sad, but true.
“Iranian society accepts that some people are born in the wrong body, but does not accept same-sex attraction”. Hmmm. So, God makes some people trans-gender … but not gay? He certainly does work in mysterious ways.