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Toward Depathologizing Trans: Decriminalizing Gender and Sexual Identities

Toward Depathologizing Trans: Decriminalizing Gender and Sexual Identities

October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The sex change operations carried out in Iran are nothing short of a crime,” says Akan, a transgender, assigned female at birth, who experienced discrimination and violence on a routine basis in his secondary school in Sanandaj. He was told by a psychologist that he must undergo sex reassignment surgeries, when he visited to relieve […]

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Toward Depathologizing Trans: Deinstitutionalizing Trans Lives

Toward Depathologizing Trans: Deinstitutionalizing Trans Lives

October 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trans identity in Iran is heavily institutionalized, diagnosed, examined, and determined by others- confirmed or rejected. The lives of trans-identified people are decided upon by third-parties. “Obtaining an official permit for sex change is a prerequisite for adopting dress and mannerisms of one’s own experienced gender without facing a risk of arrest and conviction for […]

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Toward Depathologizing Trans: The Right to Identity Without Surgical Treatments and Physical Examinations

Toward Depathologizing Trans: The Right to Identity Without Surgical Treatments and Physical Examinations

October 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

October 21st is the International  Day of Action For Trans Depathologization. Mohsen is one of the many transgender people in Iran who not only undergo forced sterilization, but suffer humiliating physical examinations afterwards, only to find out they are denied the right to identity. “Transgender people in Iran cannot obtain legal recognition of their gender […]

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Iran indicates a move toward ending anti-LGBT torture

Iran indicates a move toward ending anti-LGBT torture

March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

19 March 2015 – Justice for Iran (JFI) & Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network (6Rang) welcome the decision by the Islamic Republic of Iran to accept 139 of the 291 recommendations  and to partially support 59 recommendations put forward by the 28th session of the Human Rights Council that address the rights of sexual minorities. […]

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Justice For Iran Delivers UPR-Pre Session Statement

Justice For Iran Delivers UPR-Pre Session Statement

October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

On 8 October, just days ahead of Iran’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Justice For Iran (JFI) made one of six presentations selected to inform UN delegates from around the world about the situation of human rights in Iran. On October 9, during a UPR Pre-Session event organized by UPR Info, Shadi Amin, the co-founder of JFI and […]

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Universal Periodic Review: JFI will address the medicalisation of sexual orientation and gender identity at UPR Pre-session

Universal Periodic Review: JFI will address the medicalisation of sexual orientation and gender identity at UPR Pre-session

October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

7 October 2014 | Justice for Iran (JFI) highlights urgent concerns in submission to the 20th session of UPR Working Group on Islamic Republic of Iran. On 8 October, just days ahead of Iran’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), JFI will make one of six presentations selected to inform UN delegates from around the world […]

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6Rang Talks About Iranian LGBTQ Realities

6Rang Talks About Iranian LGBTQ Realities

August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

During Stockholm Pride in Sweden, RFSL, together with 6Rang (Iranian Lesbians and Transgender Network), put together a seminar about LGBTQ people and sex reassignment surgery in Iran. Shadi Amin and Raha Bahreini, who have worked together in a study, published this year and first presented during Istanbul Pride;Pathologizing Identities – Paralyzing-Bodies, about people who have undergone sex reassignment surgery in […]

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Iranian transgender refugee struggles for acceptance

Iranian transgender refugee struggles for acceptance

August 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tannaz Mehraban takes a break from shopping at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, where she now lives after coming to Canada as a refugee from Iran eight months ago. (Gavin Fisher) This article is part of a series focusing on the challenges experienced by LGBTQ people of colour, which aired on CBC Radio One’s The […]

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Iran campaign seeks end to coerced LGBT sex changes

Iran campaign seeks end to coerced LGBT sex changes

August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Iranian activists are making a new push for recognition of the human rights of LGBT people in Iran, in particular for an end to the nation’s coercive advocacy of sex-change surgery for LGBT people. Shadi Amin, coordinator of the Iranian lesbian and transgender network 6Rang, writes: Click image to read “Pathologizing Identities, Paralyzing Bodies: Human Rights […]

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