They are forbidden to sing or dance in public or even to wear the clothes they would like.Extramarital sexual intercourse with a man is subject to punishments ranging from house arrest to stoning.The women are thus forcibly outed and subsequently stigmatised.And no one even asks them in the first place whether they would actually choose to live out their sexuality as a man.
Then one of the guys with a knowing smirk said that yes, parties sometimes do turn into orgies. I thought they might be putting me on, but a Spaniard I met later who had just come from Iran verified all of this and beyond.
To make sure it doesn't come to that, the government offers lesbians the possibility of having sex-change surgery.
The counselling centre for transsexuals even gives them papers that allow them to try out the role of man first by going out in public without a hijab.
They agreed to interviews but definitely, absolutely did not want me to use their names; they said it could end up preventing them from re-entering Iran at all. When you’re in a closed place and you’re under pressure, you want to experience something that is illegal.” The other chimed in, “Yes, I have had 15 girlfriends and I’m only 30! But here, it’s much harder to get girls.” I asked if girls in Iran have sex before marriage and one of the men speculated that 10 or 15 years ago only 10 percent of girls would, but that now the percentage is probably closer to 90.
I was genuinely shocked, and tried to play it off like I wasn’t such an ignorant American thinking that Persian women were just bundled up virginal victims.