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Iran pressures lesbians, gays to have sex change operations

Auteur : Millennia2025

Source : Justice for Iran



Iran pressures lesbians, gays to have sex change operations 

While homosexuality is considered a sin in Iran, transsexuality is viewed as a legitimate health problem which can be cured through surgery, according to a report by Justice For Iran (JFI) and 6Rang, an Iranian lesbian and transgender network.


“Most healthcare professionals in Iran believe homosexuality is a form of mental illness,” said the report's author and 6Rang founder Shadi Amin. “Lesbians and gays are often told they have gender identity disorder.”


Transsexuality was legalised after revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a religious edict in 1985 authorising sex change operations.


Today, Iran carries out among the highest number of sex changes in the world and is the only country which imposes the death penalty for homosexual behaviour while permitting sex changes, Amin said.


There are no official statistics for sex change operations, but the report says applications made to the Legal Medicine Organisation of Iran (LMOI) have soared in recent years.

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