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Homosexuals in Iran are having sex reassignment surgery to avoid execution

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According
to reports within Iran, the country has around 4,000 sex reassignment
surgeries every year, in an attempt to purge homosexuality from the
Islamic Republic.

Life
for gay men in Iran continues to be a psychological nightmare. In the
Islamic Republic, homosexuality is illegal and punishments usually
range anywhere from torture to public executions. The Iranian
regime’s treatment of transexuals, however, seems on the surface to
be a different matter altogether.. Transsexuality was legalized in
Iran in 1987 and the country has the second-highest number of sex
reassignment surgeries (SRSs) per year, second only to Thailand.
However, in an interview with the British Sun newspaper, Iranian-born
activist Shadi Amin claimed that the reason for this high number of
SRSs in the country is not as accepting as it may seem on paper.
According to Amin, the Iranian government gives gay men the choice to
go through the surgery in place of being tortured or executed. Amin
said that “they would rather carry out mass surgeries than
executions because they know the world is watching them.” In Iran,
the regime believes that homosexuality is a disease that needs to be
treated like any other, typically by physically changing a person’s
sex.

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