aynaz-maskThe next installment of HBO’s VICE documentary series, which premiered Friday, took on “a terrifying cultural landscape” as it looks at a Muslim country whose government will pay for what it calls “sex-change” surgery as a so-called cure for homosexuality.

The show’s producers shared an advanced clip of the segment reported by VICE correspondent Thomas Morton. It’s an astonishing tale about how gay men who are not transgender are compelled to have what would normally be gender-affirmative surgery if they were indeed trans. For many if not all of these men, it’s a matter of living as someone they are not for the rest of their lives following surgery — or facing execution. READ FULL