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TBT: Be Like Others: Transsexuals in Iran

Hey kittens, for ThrowBack Thursday, we’re checking out a piece that originally went up in 2011. Enjoy!

Although homosexual relationships are illegal  and punishable by death in Iran, sex reassignment operations are permitted. In 1983,  Ayatollah Khomeini passed a fatwa allowing sex-change operations as a cure for “diagnosed transsexuals”. This documentary, known as both Be Like Others and Transsexuals in Iran, shows the experiences of male and female patients at Dr. Bahram Mir-Jalali’s Mirdamad Surgical Centre, a sex-reassignment clinic in Tehran.

Many of the patients have experiences that are similar to the trans people in America, but the stakes are possibly even higher: threats of being disowned are minor compared to real death threats. Others have entirely unique stories: one of the individuals profiled is Ali Askar, a 24 year-old man who faces harassment from other men due to his feminine appearance and behaviour. He does not want to become a woman but sees no other options for him as a gay man in Iranian society.

The stories are not all sad, though, there are some delightful outcomes for people who find happiness in their new lives and opportunities for love.

Click here for movie.

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