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Fatwa allows sex changes in Iran, but stigma remains

While homosexuals are not legally recognized in Iran, the government has subsidized surgery for those individuals wanting to live as the other sex.

Iran ranks second in the world in the number of sex-reassignment surgeries performed each year.

The Iranian government goes so far as to subsidize the surgeries, paying up to half of the high expenses of both surgery and treatment. Iran says an average of 300 of these surgeries are performed in the country each year.

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