Author. Athlete. Activist.
‘I suffered a tremendous amount of discrimination and bullying as a child and into my teenage years, I’ve experienced homelessness, poverty and depression that lead to contemplating suicide. I understand what it feels like to be marginalized and what many rainbow (LGBTQ) youth are going through because I have experienced it myself. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I went through so by sharing my story I want to inspire young people and help them achieve their full potential in life.’
Amazin LêThi was born in Saigon where she was left in an orphanage by her mother. As a young adult, she was homeless for a period of time and it was at this lowest point, contemplating suicide, Amazin realized her passion and love for sport could help her survive. Gaining physical and mental strength and confidence, from her personal journey of homelessness and against all the odds she has overcome enormous barriers to become a leading global rainbow (LGBTQI) sports activist and thought leader. She is also a former competitive natural bodybuilder, TV/Film star, entertainment executive and Vietnam’s first internationally published health and fitness author.
During the Obama administration, Amazin organized the first 'Spirit Day' collaboration with GLAAD and White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 'Act to Change' in October 2016 and her story was part of the first public White House Initiative ‘Act to Change’ an awareness campaign that addresses bullying within the Asian American Pacific Islander community.
'Amazin Lethi’s remarkable contribution in the entertainment and fitness industry is inspirational to the Vietnamese American community and she continues to serve as a role model for us all.’
Vietnamese American National Gala Awards
‘This lady is nothing short of amazing’
Vietnam News Agency
'The USA radio network 'Voice of America' observed, Amazin is the first Vietnamese bodybuilder to have entered into the entertainment industry successfully on a global scale.'
Voice of America Network
'Activist Amazin LeThi Is Fighting for Asian Inclusion in Sports'
'To have come so far in her chosen career in sport at such a young age, Amazin has a long future ahead of her. Representing the future forefront of our industry'
“It’s great to have Amazin onboard as one of our Sports Champions. Role models like Amazin can inspire young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people by letting them know they are not along and can feel proud in their identity. We’re grateful that she’s lending her voice and story to help more people learn about LGBT equality in sport. Together, we will make sport everyone’s game.”
Robbie de Santos, Director of Sport, Stonewall
In 2012, she became the ambassador for Vietnam Relief Services and in 2014 the first Asian ambassador for Athlete Ally. In 2016, GLAAD named Amazin one of only seven Asian LGBTQ activists accelerating equality globally and in 2018 named one of four Asian LGBTQ athletes accelerating sports equality by the American National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance along with becoming the first openly out Asian athlete to appear in the Stonewall UK ‘Rainbow Laces Campaign’. In 2019, listed in the Australian Pride Power List and for the second year listed in the Human Rights Campaign Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Honours list. During Asian Pacific Islander (API) month of May this year Amazin was part of the first API Pride in Washington DC presented by the Capital Pride Alliance and the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs. She become the first Asian Sport Champion (Ambassador) for Stonewall UK's new Sport Champion ambassador program in Autumn, 2019. Read more here
Amazin is a board advisor for S.A.F.E: Safe Asylum & Finding Empowerment – A New York organization for LGBTQ immigrant and asylum seekers, the world’s first Vagina Museum, Queer Britain Museum, Interim Spaces and the LGBTQ + Venue Forum – Night Czar (Advisory Group) Mayor of London (All 3 based in London).
‘Without a mirror image of myself in the media, I had to create my own narrative as a child and, as an adult, this helped me stand in my own truth to be brave and unapologetic as an openly out Asian woman. By sharing my story and living authentically and unapologetically gives me the freedom to realize that my emotions are real, that how I feel inside matters and that I’m worthy of owning the space that I’m in. I want my story to provide a positive message for any rainbow or API (Asian Pacific Islander) person or athlete who wants to be openly out in sports and life’