Being Lesbian and Trans in Iran

Two recently released reports document experiences of lesbians and transgender people in Iran.

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This report was developed through interviews with 34 trans Iranians, within and outside Iran, as well as through research into a wide range of text-based sources and through limited responses from the Iranian government. This report is intended primarily as a resource for the Iranian trans community and for trans rights advocates working in and around Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran conceptualizes trans people through the clinical framework of gender identity disorder (GID) and, in response, provides limited subsidized support to specific forms of transition- related healthcare—including gender confirmation surgery (GCS), hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and various forms of psychosocial counseling.

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This report sets out the research findings of OutRight Action International (OutRight) in relation to the human rights of lesbians in Iran, in law, policy, and practice. The report begins with a consideration of the legal-political environment relevant to lesbians in Iran; it then examines the human rights violations and abuses that lesbians face in many areas of their lives. The report concludes with a series of recommendations, to the Iranian authorities and the international community, to support the cause of lesbian rights in Iran.

Lesbian community members in the Islamic Republic of Iran are subjected to a confluence of legal discrimination, social harassment, domestic abuse, and acts of violence, inflicted by both state officials and private citizens.

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