Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Media Moment: Transgender Women in Iran

Being that last week in class we talked about transgender women I was curious to find about the transgender community in Iran. I was surprised to find out that it is something that is well known in the country but a open secret in the Iranian society. Because homosexuality is against the law in Iran people prefer to get a sex change. According to islamic clerics transgender is not "banned" in the Koran therefore it is deemed acceptable to has given a lane for people who are gay to get a sex change. A video I found on Youtube showed the hardships of being transgender. Current TV interviewed young people discussing how their parents had a hard time accepting them. Some even considered suicide.

What are your thoughts when the government makes being gay illegal and transgender acceptable? Do their need to be programs in Iran to educate the youth about people who are transgender?

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