Homosexual relationships are banned in Iran, but the country allows sex change operations and hundreds of men have elected for surgery to change their lives.

Sex changes have been legal in Iran since Ayatollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, passed a fatwa – a religious edict – authorising them for “diagnosed transsexuals” 25 years ago.

Today, Iran carries out more sex change operations than any other nation in the world except for Thailand.

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De’lonta v. Pruitt (USA)


Ophelia De’lonta, a Virginia inmate seeking sex change surgery-paid for by taxpayers, spent two days this week in federal district court, testifying that she was sexually abused by a prison guard. The jury dismissed the claim.  Attorney A. Pierre Jackson, representing the former prison guard, says the sex abuse allegation was Ophelia’s way to get money for the gender reassignment surgery. He says his client, Sarah Pruitt, is happy, humble, and relieved the jury dismissed the claim.

Pham Van Hiep (Vietnam)

Vietnam’s first and only transgender person whose new sex was officially recognized will lose that recognition after the Ministry of Justice realized that it flouts a law prohibiting gender reassignment if sexual organs are fully developed.

The People’s Committee of the southern province of Binh Phuoc ordered the local Department of Justice to rescind two decisions made by the Chon Thanh District administration in 2009 to recognize Pham Van Hiep’s new gender and name after the 39-year-old man has sex reassignment surgery in Thailand.

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Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Ten nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a declaration of human rights that does not include protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The nations of ASEAN are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, forming a collective population of 600 million people.

ASEAN Human Rights Declaration


Phnom Penh Statement 

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