Monday, April 12, 2010

ENDA - Transsexuals

How little some of us know about transsexuals was underscored for me the other day when I read about an Iranian movie “Be Like Others” directed by Tanaz Eshaghian, which is about transsexuals in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In Iran, sex-change operations are legal. Interestingly, over two decades ago, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa making sex-change permissible for “diagnosed transsexuals.” As homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran, apparently they flock to the country’s best-established gender reassignment surgeon, Dr. Bahram Mir Jalali, so that they can live “a decent life.”