Saghi Ghahraman's Tavaana lectures with the Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO) focus on issues related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in Iran. These lectures cover gender identity, sexual orientation, the coming-out process, employment and other LGBT issues in Iran, and human rights issues pertaining to the international LGBT community.
Saghi Ghahraman is an internationally acclaimed writer, editor, and advocate for the Iranian LGBT community. She has published four volumes of poetry, as well as numerous articles and interviews for Persian and English quarterlies, magazines, and websites. She has served as an editorial board member of Sepidar, a Persian literary magazine in Toronto, is a member of PEN Canada, and is a contributing editor with Descant: A Literary Quarterly. Ms. Ghahraman has a BA in Persian literature from the University of Tabriz. She fled Iran in 1983, and lived as a refugee in Turkey before emigrating to Canada in 1988.
Ms. Ghahraman is currently the president of the Iranian Queer Organization,an advocacy group for LGBT rights based in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2006, the organization monitors violations of gay rights in Iran and serves as a defender of human and civil rights of Iranian gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals living in Iran or as refugees. IRQO is well-known in the international LGBT community and was one of two winners of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s Felipa de Souza Award in 2008.