Getting sex reassignment surgery in Iran: not easy, but easier than you might think

Published April 4th, 2016 - 06:08 GMT
An Iranian couple looks out over Tehran in 2015.  (AFP/File)
An Iranian couple looks out over Tehran in 2015. (AFP/File)

Sex changes: cheap, but not chearful  

In the year 1986, a man by the name of Fereydoon Molkara went to see Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. He had an important question to ask him. He wanted permission to have a sex change. Although he had the body of a man, Fereydoon believed he was a woman.

Shortly after the encounter, Ayatollah Khomeini issued an edict that allowed sex changes. The fatwa said that individuals who felt this way were permitted to undergo sex-change surgery once they had received medical approval.

And so Fereydoon Molkara, like many others, was given the freedom to change his gender. He became Maryam (Mary), a she.

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Ongoing protests in Syria are being ignored across the world

On March 15, 2011, the first mass protest calling for regime change took place in Syria. Protestors called for a free Syria, chanted slogans of unity, and praised God as they marched through the streets of Damascus. From there, many other protests followed, with each new demonstration generating great interest and support across the world for the unyielding spirit that would come to define the Syrian uprising.

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Khaled's ladder

Against the backdrop of the US Presidential election, and increasingly anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Palestinian artist, Khaled Jarrar, travels along the US/Mexican border from San Diego/Tijuana to El Paso/Juarez. Along the way Jarrar explores common concerns and human stories along the border. His journey culminates with the installation of an artwork made from stolen pieces of the US/Mexico border wall, in Juarez, Mexico.

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