Women Transition in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Two women who live in the United Arab Emirates are seeking legal recognition as as men. State newspaper al-Bayan reported that the plaintiffs, identified by their initials as H.S., aged 26, and A.M., 28, have asked an Abu Dhabi court to have their sexes and names changed on state records, al-Bayan reported, after they underwent hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery in Europe.

 

The lawyer for the two women, Ali al-Mansouri, told Reuters that the UAE’s federal laws on medical responsibility had to endorse gender reassignment because it was a remedy certified by doctors for what they had diagnosed as a medical condition in his clients, namely gender identity disorder.

Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates punishes consensual homosexual sex with up to 14 years in prison.

In First, Transgender Emiratis Seek Legal Recognition as Men – NBC News