'An Escort or a Nymphomaniac?' Israel’s First Arab Transgender Was Misunderstood Her Entire Life

Mahmouda Riad lived with persecution, abuse and fear that didn’t stop even when she left Israel and move to Berlin

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Mahmouda Riad. 'She would sing for hours on end the songs of Umm Kulthum.'
A rare photo of Mahmouda Riad. 'She would sing for hours on end the songs of Umm Kulthum.'Credit: Shalom Bar Tal / Yediot Aharonot
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Attendees at Tel Aviv's LGBTQ pride parade in 2017.Credit: Ilan Assayag



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