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Just wow.. never expected that to happen.

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckeyeSoldier, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    As Repression Lifts, More Iranians Change Their Sex

    </NYT_HEADLINE><NYT_BYLINE version="1.0" type=" ">[size=-1]By NAZILA FATHI[/size]
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    Published: August 2, 2004

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    [​IMG]EHRAN, Aug. 1 - Everything about Amir appears masculine: his broad chest, muscled arms, the dark full beard and deep voice. But, in fact, Amir was a woman until four years ago, when, at the age of 25, he underwent the first of a series of operations that would change his life.
    Since then he has had 20 surgical procedures and expects another 4. And Amir, who as a woman was married twice to men - his second husband helped with the transition and remains a good friend - is now engaged to marry a woman.

    "I love my life and I'm happy, as long as no one knows about my past identity," said Amir, who asked that his full name not be published. "No one has been more helpful than the judge, who was a cleric and issued the permit for my operation."

    After decades of repression, the Islamic government is recognizing that some people want to change their sex, and allowing them to have operations and obtain new birth certificates.

    Before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, there was no particular policy regarding transsexuals. Iranians with the inclination, means and connections could obtain the necessary medical treatment and new identity documents. The new religious government, however, classed transsexuals and transvestites with gays and lesbians, who were condemned by Islam and faced the punishment of lashing under Iran's penal code.

    But these days, Iran's Muslim clerics, who dominate the judiciary, are considerably better informed about transsexuality. Some clerics now even recommend sex-change operations to those who are troubled about their gender. The issue was discussed at a conference in Tehran in June that drew officials from other Persian Gulf countries.

    One cleric, Muhammad Mehdi Kariminia, is writing his thesis on transsexuality at the religious seminary of Qum.

    "All the clerics and researchers at the seminary encouraged me to work on the subject," he said in an interview. "They said that my research can help change the social stigma attached to these people and clarify religious decrees on the matter."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/02/international/middleeast/02iran.html?ei=5006&en=c093224c87e3f7b8&ex=1092024000&adxnnl=1&partner=ALTAVISTA1&adxnnlx=1091445484-zGYxZOkvM1Hfr8jlfDsHXg
     
  2. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    But does "he" still have to wear a burqa??????
     
  3. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    I just got a PM from Bret. He's transferring to the University of Tehran.
     
  4. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Call me old-fashioned, but I think someone who feels they need to change their mast basic form of existence in order to be content needs some serious therapy.
     
  5. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    Now maybe he can come back and date the Oregon cheerleader without getting so many disparaging remarks. I'm sure we all know what class Bret will be taking if he ever does get into michigan.
     

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