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  • Farida Ali spent decades performing blood tests, brain scans and personality tests in Egypt before doctors finally allowed her to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

  • She was born Mohamed Ramadan Ali and is one of the few transgender women in the conservative Muslim country able to confront what doctors diagnosed as gender dysphoria.

  • E didn't know what to think.

  • I always felt I was a girl, not a boy.

  • I felt I wasn't the six I waas, but I had no idea what to do about it or how to think about it.

  • I did not have the ability to think The first medical report I received said I had brain deficiencies.

  • It wasn't a matter of an extra sex organ.

  • It was a mental issue because gender is a mental issue and that is what the first report said.

  • It said.

  • I had an identity disorder.

  • Gender reassignment procedures are legal in Egypt, but it's often a long complicated on highly stigmatized process.

  • Discrimination against LGBT plus groups are also rife.

  • According to Human Rights Watch, gay and transgender people have reported instances of assault on torture.

  • The issue was brought to public attention earlier this year when a prominent Egyptian actor revealed on a TV talk show that his son was transgender on expressed support for him.

  • Ali, however, was abandoned by her family.

  • She was left jobless after extended medical leave and has had to move to a new town where only a handful of people know about her past a trans man or a woman who becomes a man.

  • Society can accept that without judgment.

  • Why?

  • I have no idea.

  • There's just a different rule.

  • But in my case that means I am on the wrong path or I am being falsely accused of being something I am not.

  • That's what most people think.

  • The former teacher now tutors Children in the neighborhood toe, earn a living.

  • Her dream is to one day, get married and have a child of her own.

Farida Ali spent decades performing blood tests, brain scans and personality tests in Egypt before doctors finally allowed her to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

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The Egyptian transgender woman battling stigma

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/13
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