October 3, 2010
Posted: 1230 GMT
Two teenage women in Bahrain planning to undergo sex change operations are set to launch legal bids to have their status recognized as men, reported The Gulf Daily News.
The newspaper conducted an interview with Fawzia Janahi, reported to be the only lawyer in the Arab world specializing in transsexual cases, who said the two teens approached her for legal advice.
Janahi won two similar cases in 2005 and 2008; following these successes she says she was approached by a flood of people in the Gulf complaining of being in the wrong body, according to the paper.
Transsexualism remains an incredibly sensitive and taboo subject in most of the Middle East.