"Over 20 per cent of them have AIDS and (they) spread various diseases," he said. spreading depravity, they reproduce like hatching machines and as their children have no guardians, they sell them," he added."There is a project, a reality, an opinion, agreed on by many NGOs and the social elite, that if a women is sick, and is also a sex worker and has no place to stay, she should be sterilised with her own approval, and not forcefully".Last week, when images of homeless men and women sleeping in open graves outside Tehran shocked Iranian society, a cartoonist said on social media that the women must be sterilized because they give birth to children with “weak genes.” The suggestion by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpour to “block the misery of poor humans who enter this world with many diseases, pain and addiction” outraged many people.Some said it reminded them of “Nazi cleansing” projects.Before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the issue of trans identity in Iran had never been officially addressed by the government.Beginning in the mid-1980s, however, transgender individuals were officially recognized by the government and allowed to undergo sex reassignment surgery.“Over 20 percent of them have AIDS and [they] spread various diseases,” he said. spreading depravity, they reproduce like hatching machines and as their children have no guardians, they sell them,” he added.
Last week the haunting images of dozens of homeless people living in empty graves in a town outside Tehran caused social media users and celebrities to react with expressions of alarm and sadness.
Before the revolution, she had longed to become physically female but could not afford surgery and wanted religious authorization.
In 1975, she began to write letters to Khomeini, who was to become the leader of the revolution and was in exile.
“The complex situation in Iran includes social stigma, legislation, subsidies, and corruption that comes together tend to compel or force people who are lesbian and gay to have sex reassignment.” The government position on sex-change surgeries can leave individuals who are transgender or choose not to opt for surgery in an uncomfortable situation, he added. Wang ‘12, co-chair of Queer Students and Allies—which co-sponored the event along with the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee, Trans Task Force, and the Radcliffe Union of Students—said she plans to stay involved with ORAM, the first organization focusing exclusively on refugees fleeing from sexual and gender-based violence.
She plans to write her thesis on LBGT individuals who have successfully sought asylum in the United States. Bakkila ’11-’12, and Jia Hui Lee ‘12 worked at ORAM for two weeks over January Term at its headquarters in San Francisco, where they compiled country profiles and examined benefits for refugees in certain countries, such as housing stipends or subsidies for HIV treatment.“I learned a lot about issues facing refugees,” Lee said.