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Bahrain gives nod for sex changes

Sex change specialist lawyer wins third case allowing two more women to have a sex change operation

Bahrain gives nod for sex changes
Doctor, Healthcare

A Bahraini court has given two women who want to undergo a sex change permission to begin the process, according to Gulf Daily News.

A High Administrative Court judge referred the women, both aged in their 20s, to a medical examiner, who will record their genders before and after the operation as part of the legal process.

The procedure would be carried out abroad but the women had to receive permission from Bahraini authorities in order to be legally recognised as men when they returned.

The women are both employed by the government.

Their lawyer Fawzia Janahi told GDN the women suffered from gender identity disorder and believed they were "trapped in the wrong body".

"The court ruled that they will be allowed to see a medical examiner," Janahi said.

"This is just a start for them to be able to live their lives normally.

"The medical examiner will note down their current situation before they undergo a sex change operation abroad.

"They will then be brought back to the examiner, who will inspect them for a last time before their medical documents are submitted to the court.

"The medical examiner does not choose if the two women will undergo a sex change operation, he only examines them and records their medical situation."

Janahi is believed to be the only Arab lawyer specialising in sex change legal cases.

She successfully represented two other Bahraini women seeking sex change operations in 2005 and 2008.