Trans Iranians are legally protected, but only on paper


Transgender people are still being beaten, attacked and disowned by their families in Iran even though the local law declares their right to live with dignity. One transgender Iranian named Nahal said that her family disowned her due to fear that she could ‘transmit’ her identity to her younger siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins. If her nearest and dearest treat her like this then there is no wonder why she is so afraid to appear in public — every time she goes out she is made feel like a target for abuse — verbal, physical and sexual. Iran grants transgender people loans worth nearly $1,200 for gender surgery, no other Middle Eastern country would do it.. Although the grant is helpful, it doesn’t come anywhere near covering the $7,000 to $12,000 cost of the surgery.


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