Help Save the Lives of LGBT Chechens

You may have heard that the Chechen government is rounding up and torturing gay/bi men. The New York Times reports at least 100 arrests and three deaths. Yesterday I began encouraging my friends on Facebook and Twitter to donate to the Russian LGBT Network, which is helping evacuate vulnerable LGBT people from Chechnya. I also decided to direct proceeds from my anthology Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love to the Russian LGBT Network through April 20, and I’ve been encouraging other authors to do something similar. I put together this FAQ to answer some of the questions that have come up. … Read more

She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia. – The Washington Post

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The Washington Post reports on a new wave of threats against Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, after two of its journalists broke news of an anti-gay campaign sanctioned by the Chechen government: This week, the newspaper put out a statement that warned religious leaders in the Russian republic of Chechnya were attempting to incite people … Read more

News Update: LGBT homicide in Chechnya, April 14 | Российская ЛГБТ-сеть

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An April 14 press release from the Russian LGBT Network explains that it continues its effort to evacuate Chechens who are being persecuted, tortured, illegally prosecuted, and murdered based on their (assumed) homosexuality. Since March 29th, it has received around 50 calls from people who are still in the Norther Caucasus and in need of urgent evacuation, as well as from people, who managed to relocate themselves, yet still need assistance. The Russian LGBT Network also provides psychological help, financial and medical assistance, and other things displaced people from Chechnya might need, and it is helping the victims to relocate abroad. … Read more

Chechnya gay men: UN experts condemn reports of violence against group – CNN.com

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights are asking Russia to investigate the reported kidnapping and murder of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, according to CNN: “It is crucial that reports of abductions, unlawful detentions, torture, beatings and killings of men perceived to be gay or bisexual are investigated thoroughly,” the … Read more

Statement of the Russian LGBT Network’s Board regarding the information on the kidnappings and murders of LGBT people in the North Caucasus

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The board of the Russian LGBT Network has released a statement on the reported kidnapping and murder of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya: The Russian LGBT Networks is highly disturbed and concerned about the information on the kidnapping and killing of people in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation. We are also outraged by … Read more