The Research Institute Without Walls

Earlier today Rick met with Ariel Shidlo, PhD, psychologist and co-director of The Research Institute Without Walls to discuss Golf Alpha Yankee and its goal to expose the issues that Iranian LGBT asylum seekers face.

Dr. Shidlo's book on the harmful impact of sexual conversion therapy.

Dr. Shidlo's book on the harmful impact of sexual conversion therapy.


The Research Institute Without Walls is an organization that combines human rights, mental health, and LGBT rights. Part of their mission centers on educating asylum judges about the intricacies of LGBT asylum seekers from places such as Iraq, Syria and Iran.

Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW) is the only NGO in the world whose focus is training and research on the mental health needs of persons who face persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It facilitates international and collaborative research and training on LGBTI mental health.RIWW’s community-based research brings together researchers, activists, attorneys, social workers, caseworkers, and clinicians who are interested in documenting the human rights, mental health needs, and resilience of persons around the world with minority SOGI.
— http://riww.org/

Thank you Dr. Shidlo for your advice and enthusiasm for our film! We're proud to support the efforts of RIWW and look forward to fighting alongside you for the rights of LGBT people from Iran and everywhere!