Chechen gay men hopeful of finding refuge in five countries – BBC News

The BBC reports good news for some of the 43 men who have escaped Chechnya, where their lives were in danger from an anti-gay campaign being conducted by the Chechen authorities. Nine men being assisted by the Russian LGBT Network have been granted visas to countries offering refuge outside the Russian Federation. … Read more

‘Nobody should have to fear for their life for being who they are.’

With the Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens charity auction ending tomorrow (get your bids in!), we’ve gotten a ton of support from writers around the blogoverse, and for that I’m grateful. A quick round up of a few that posted today, one from days ago that I missed in a previous roundup, and a poem that is timeless in its relevance. … Read more

Chechnya: Part of ‘a global fight for our rights as queer people’

Lately, one of my favorite times of day is checking out all the blogs that are talking about ways to save the lives of LGBT Chechens. Back before the internet, few of us would have known about what’s going on in Chechnya, and fewer of us would have been in a position to help. But that’s all changed. We may not be able to change government policies or social prejudices in one fell swoop, but we can provide real, tangible assistance to many of the men who’ve been swept up in Chechnya’s anti-gay purge — men who would have had no place to turn only a few years ago. Here are a few excerpts from the blogs I visited this morning. … Read more

LGBT book bloggers on Chechnya: ‘We need to shine a light.’

link to books whose proceeds are going to charity

Thanks to My Fiction Nook, Diverse Reader, and authors Annabeth Leong, Lisabet Sarai and Sarah Hadley Brook for drawing attention to the situation in Chechnya and the Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens fundraising auction. Annabeth wrote a post on her author blog that did a great job of capturing one of the things we’re trying to do at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens — build up people’s spirits with great queer stories while dealing with tough realities that continue to threaten our community.

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Heartbreaking Video Drives Home the Terror Faced by Gay Chechens

Image of actor in "Unchechen" videoplay

digitalSTAGE has created this heartbreaking short play, Unchechen, based on news reports and interviews with survivors of the attempted purge of homosexuals in Chechnya. It consists of monologues by a father and his son, who has been arrested on suspicion that he is gay. Watch it, then write a letter or sign a petition to express your concerns to Chechen and Russian authorities. … Read more

On Chechnya: ‘We can save a lot of people.’

link to charity auction raising money for LGBT Chechen refugees

Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov’s has threatened to “eliminate” the gay community in Chechnya by the end of May. As pressure increases on LGBT Chechens, more are sure to flee, and they need our support to find a safe place to land. … Read more