Shadi Amin

Shadi Amin fled Iran in 1983 having lived in hiding for months and pursued for her political activities. She spent several months in Pakistan and Turkey before settling in Germany as a political refugee. In 1977, after giving a talk titled “Homosexuality and the Iranian Response to it” at one of the first public forums about the condition of Iranian homosexuals in the diaspora, she became publicly active in homosexual rights in Iranian society. Amin currently serves as coordinator of the “Six-Colored Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network” and is a co-director of Sazeman-e Edalat baraye Iran, “Organization for Justice in Iran”. She was the lead researcher on the project “Murder without Impunity” that studied the torture and sexual abuse of female political prisoners during the 1980s, 90s, and 00s. The findings appeared in two publications, Jenayat bi ‘Oqoubat, and Crime and Impunity in English. In 2011, Amin started a research project titled “No to Forced Sex Change!” with support from the Organization of Justice for Iran. The study—to be published in 2014—examines sex change operations in Iran that abuse the rights of homosexuals and transgender individuals. Shadi Amin has produced several documentary films, among them, Morghan-e Mina Sokout Nemikondand; Shabhaye bi-Nahayat-e Zanan-e Zendani; Opposition-e Tab’idi; Konferans-e Berlin; Konferans-e Peking; Zanan-e Tab’idi; and Lahzehaye Aakhar. In addition to numerous articles in print and online, she has translated selections of the works of two well-known American lesbians, Adrienne Rich and Audre Lord, in a book titled Qodrat va Lezzat (“Power and Pleasure”.)