Iran performs more sex change operations than any other country except Thailand. The Islamic Republic treats homosexuality as a sin, even punishable by death, and transsexuality as a medical condition that can be cured through state-sanctioned surgery.
In the article from our Spring 2014 issue, "Trans[ition] in Iran," Rochelle Terman explains the pressure on Iranian homosexuals to seek gender reassignment surgery and examines the negative consequences of this policy on achieving sexual equality for all.
In a follow up blog post, World Policy Journal presents an interactive timeline showcasing the history of Iran's evolution into what was once an unfamilar terrority.
Click here to view the timeline.
Information complied by Rochelle Terman and Amanda Roth. Timeline created by Libby Leyden-Sussler.