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    Iranian "Trans-boy" Wants To Stay In Iceland

    Mani is a transsexual boy (wants to be a girl, he says) from Iran. He is 17. He flew from Iran with his parents, because his father was a Reiki-teacher and allegedly was "hunted down" by the Iranian government for that, incarcerated for two days, and then, after being released, further threatened by the Iranian government. The family flew and was, after the Dublin laws, brought to Portugal. There, they say, they were traced by the Iranian government and feared for their life because the threatening went on. So they packed their bags and moved to Iceland. After almost one year in Iceland finally, the Ieclandic government, wants to send them back to Portugal, their assigned refuge country. But: They don't want to leave because "Iceland is the only safe country in the world" for them. Now they have come up with the idea that the son, Mani, is transgender (male, wants to be female) and thus he couldn't go to Portugal, because "they" would most likely send him back to Iran, where he would be killed. Also, the Iranian government knows that they are/were in Portugal, have traced them there, and would do that again, if they moved back. Mani says he is suicidal now which brought him into hospital. As long as he is there, he cannot be send back to Portugal. And of course, his parents have to stay, too.

    There are now some funny twists in this story.

    1) The Iranian transgender laws are actually quite "nice": "Beginning in the mid-1980s, however, transgender individuals were officially recognized by the government and allowed to undergo sex reassignment surgery. As of 2008, Iran carries out more sex change operations than any other nation in the world except Thailand. The government provides up to half the cost for those needing financial assistance, and a sex change is recognized on the birth certificate.[1] As of 2017, the government provided transgender persons financial assistance in the form of grants of up to 5 million tomans ($400 USD)."

    2) Mani is in Iceland now since almost a year. He has boyish short hair, wears boy clothes, addresses to himself as boy and also his parents use the male pronouns on him. If he was a real transgender and feels so safe in Iceland - why is he not openly living as female?

    3) When they are so afraid of being traced by the Iranian government, wouldn't it be better to stay out of the public eye instead of creating a media storm in Icelandic newspapers and on television (also on English language newspapers from Iceland; online as well as print), putting their names all over the internet?
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