In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. While researching the sexual torture and harassments happening in Iranian prisons, Justice for Iran JFI interviewed four lesbian women who had been arrested and detained for reasons such as dressing like a boy and not abiding by the Islamic dress code. During the course of the interview, the women spoke of the excessive pressure imposed upon homosexuals in Iran to perform a sex change operation. The treatment prescribed for such individuals is always the same: Many homosexual Iranians are pursued and harassed by the law enforcement bodies and their security is threatened.
Some of the individuals interviewed by JFI stated that, until they left Iran, they were unaware that they could lead a regular life in the body that they were born with, without any alteration or change. Documents acquired in the course of the interviews show that many young adult individuals in Iran discover their attraction to individuals of their same sex and yet are unaware that such attractions can be natural.
In this manner, the problem of homosexuality, a deviation and a sin deserving of punishments as severe as death, is solved. The newly changed individuals, now transsexuals, are placed under governmental protection. Each operation costs an average of 30 thousand dollars, five thousand of which is paid by the State Welfare Organization. One surgeon alone declared that surgeries were performed at his clinic. Recently, the German TV broadcast a report in which the number of sex change operations performed in Iran was estimated at , which may include those who have come from some Arab countries where the operation is illegal.
Most of the victims never experience a healthy and successful sexual life. The operations are carried out in inhumane conditions while the individuals are not mentally ready for what is to follow. Many of the individuals forced into having the operations suffer severe physical side effects; there is a high percentage of suicide amongst them. Effectively, the surgical knife is administered to end the problem of homosexuality, as would a noose, without any concern for the future or happiness of the individual.
The process is comparable to the torture clinics for homosexuals in Ecuador. Frequently, the western media outlets label Iran as the heaven of transsexuals, where the sex change operations are not only legal but also supported, financially and otherwise, by the government.
In fact, Iran is the hell of homosexuals who do not want to label themselves as transsexual and undergo surgery. JFI will achieve that through increasing awareness amongst the international community in particular bodies such as the World Health Organization, as well as alternative targeted awareness amongst the homosexual youth in Iran, particularly lesbians. During the first phase of this project, we intend to do the following activities and based on its findings we will design the second phase of the project: