At Columbia University on Monday, the President of Iran, Mr Ahmadinejad said homosexuality did not exist in his country: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals”.
His response was to a questioner who accused his government of executing gay people. A special report in the Guardian suggests an alternative explanation.
Iran has between 15,000 and 20,000 transsexuals, according to official statistics, although unofficial estimates put the figure at up to 150,000. Iran carries out more gender change operations than any country in the world besides Thailand.
In Iran, homosexuality is illegal but transsexuality and sex changes are tolerated and encouraged.
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