Iran's health insurers to pay for sex change operations
29 May 2012 Last updated at 19:22 BST
The founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, passed a fatwa in the 1980s allowing sex-change operations in the country.
Up until now, Iran's welfare system paid a small amount toward these operations but they are very costly.
Now health insurance companies are obliged to cover all costs.
Karen Zarindast reports.
Video produced by BBC Persian's Saeedeh Hashemi