In Iran, homosexuality is a crime, punishable with death for men and lashings for women. But Iran is also the only Muslim country in the Persian Gulf region that gives trans citizens the right to have their gender identity recognized by the law. In fact, the Islamic Republic of Iran not only allows sex reassignment, but also subsidizes it. Before the Islamic revolution in Iran there was no official government policy on transgender people. Things changed largely due to the efforts of Maryam Khatoon Molkara.
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I laid down on a cold, steel table in the operating room and looked up at the fluorescent lights beaming down into my eyes. While taking a few shallow breaths, I began to graze the hard contours of my face with my fingers, knowing it would be the last time I would feel the square of my jaw, my long chin, the protruding bones in my forehead. For a moment, and only for a moment, I grieved the face of the girl who was forced to endure a male puberty. The girl who watched her face gradually masculinize over the years and who cried every day when she looked in the mirror. She was beautiful in her own way. A sudden sense of calm coursed through my veins.
Cross-dressing is the act of wearing items of clothing and other accoutrements commonly associated with the opposite sex within a particular society. Almost every human society throughout history has had expected norms for each gender relating to style, color, or type of clothing they are expected to wear, and likewise most societies have had a set of guidelines, views or even laws defining what type of clothing is appropriate for each gender. The term cross-dressing refers to an action or a behavior, without attributing or implying any specific causes or motives for that behavior.
This planted the seed of gender confusion and led to my transitioning at age 42 to transgender female. In my case, I was diagnosed at age 40 with gender dysphoria and at age 50 with psychological issues due to childhood trauma. I thought my secret was safe, but my teenage uncle heard about it and felt I was fair game for taunting and sexual abuse. If not for the purple dress, I believe I would not have been abused by my uncle. That abuse caused me to not want to be male any longer.