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Transsexuals in Iran.avi
The title of Transsexual in Iran (BBC2) might have led you to expect a profile of one individual. Instead, we met several, because it turns out that more sex-change operations are performed in Iran than in any other country, except Thailand. Under Shiah law, these operations aren\'t merely allowed, but apparently encouraged as an Islamic cure for people trapped in the wrong body. The Government provides half the medical fees and, once you\'ve changed sex, amends your birth certificate accordingly.
There is, however, another possible factor in the willingness of so many young Iranian men to become young Iranian women: homosexuality is punishable by death. Last night, Dr Bahram Mir-Jalali denied that anybody he operates on is simply seeking a legal way of having sex with men. Unfortunately, his assessment wasn\'t really borne out by the would-be transsexuals featured here. Most admitted, often through desperate tears, that if they lived anywhere else, they wouldn\'t be subjecting their genitals to surgery. The result was a documentary that was both eye-opening and, for much of the time, extremely sad.