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“Sex Change is Forced on Iranians with Same-Sex Desires”, Shadi Amin in an Interview With Swedish Radio

“Sex Change is Forced on Iranians with Same-Sex Desires”, Shadi Amin in an Interview With Swedish Radio

December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here you can listen to Shadi Amin’s interview with Johan Bergendorff (@JBergendorff) of the Swedish Radio. This programme discusses the pain and suffering of the LGBT Iranians because of the sex reassignment system in place in Iran. Among other things, Ms Amin highlights the lack of free and informed consent in sex reassignment surgeries. Most […]

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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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UN Committee challenged Iran over LGBTI rights

UN Committee challenged Iran over LGBTI rights

March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) raised several questions to Iran’s delegation on the rights of LGBTI individuals in its two-day review last week, including the questions about coercive treatments. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s representative at the UN’s 17th Session of the CRPD, which took place in Geneva 22-23 […]

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Confessing to having same-sex relations is the new norm for military service exemptions in Iran

Confessing to having same-sex relations is the new norm for military service exemptions in Iran

May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

  6Rang, 20 May 2016: In Iran, the exemption of young gay individuals from compulsory military service comes at the cost of revealing the most intimate details of their sexual life at the disposal of law enforcement; while same-sex relations is illegal and punishable by up to one hundred lashes or even the death penalty. […]

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Gender identity is Not a Crime: 6Rang releases Akan’s Testimony

Gender identity is Not a Crime: 6Rang releases Akan’s Testimony

November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although horrific, Akan’s Testimony is a typical example of the life of all LGBT Iranians. 6Rang (Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network) has released a video of Akan’s story of rejection, social pressure, and eventual escape to commemorate the International Transgender day of Remembrance, 20 November, which honours the memory of those killed by transphobic prejudice. […]

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