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I was watching a documentary on Iran where gender reassignment surgery is permitted and actually sanctioned and paid for by the government. The thinking behind this is that homosexuality is not permitted by the Qur'an and so the alternative is to have these young men be sexually reassigned into women.

The heart breaking part of all this is that many of these people are not the least bit gender dysphoric and yet they undergo the procedure only to satisfy the demands of their religion. The alternative is that they be stoned to death for practicing acts of homosexuality.

Dressing as a female is also not permitted because according to one cleric being interviewed for the documentary this only causes social disruption. Therefore the only alternative open to these misfits is the state sanctioned surgery.

One young woman who had been ostracized by her family grudgingly agreed to the surgery and, although clearly an effeminate gay male from the start who would have been happy not tampering with his genitalia, there she was a year later using prostitution as a way to get by. Ironically since she is not technically a natal female and cannot bear children, her religion grants her temporary marriage licenses that last one hour so that she can go to bed legally with men. The sadness in her eyes was overwhelming as she was being interviewed.

It is indeed a strange world we live in.


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  1. A few years ago the then president of Iran proclaimed to the world that there were no homosexuals in his country. He could make this statement because of the situations you note in this blog.
    I am very worried that our president and the two secretaries of state who have served this administration think that you can honorably negotiate with a country that calls for our destruction as "The Great Satan" and the destruction of Israel as "The Little Satan" and who produces maps that do not depict the country of Israel.
    I do not understand how anyone who cares even a little bit about LGBT issues could support the concessions that our administration has already offered to the Iranians.
    Pat

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  2. Interesting observation Pat. This is what happens when religious extremism is allowed to tamper in what should be the affairs of the state. I know the time of the Shah saw tremendous unfairness and ostentatious opulence while the poor suffered but at least Iran was on its way to modernizing itself. Now it is run by clerics who condone these sorts of practices.

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  3. We agree. THe Shah was far from perfect. There was a long Persian tradition with the Peacock Throne that was eliminated by the current regime. I suppose the phrase that "THe devil you know is better than the devil you don't know" should have been heeded by the Carter folks.
    Pat

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