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Iran’s transgender community are being beaten and disowned in spite of legal protections

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Transgender people are still being beaten, attacked and disowned by their families in Iran in spite of the country legally accepting transgender people, a harrowing report has detailed.

Although it is legal to be trans in Iran, the trans community still face a life of violence.

30 years have passed since a fatwa was issued demanding the acceptance of the community, but trans women like Nahal only feel safe within the confines of their own home.

“I no longer see my relatives,” Nahal told ABC News.

“Maybe I’m a sign that if your own children will have a similar problem later, you can accept it.”

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A trans woman has gender confirmation surgery (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty)

Iran is often thought of as the most liberal country on transgender rights in the Middle East.

Iran grants transgender people loans worth nearly $1,200 for gender surgery.

Although the grant is helpful, it doesn’t come anywhere near covering the $7,000 to $12,000 cost of the surgery.

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And those lucky enough to raise the funds are targeted by cis people in the street.

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