Save a Life Today

JUNE 16, 2017—Gay and bi men are under attack in Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation. The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports that the government is rounding them up in torture camps, with at least 100 arrests and an estimated 26 deaths. The need to evacuate vulnerable Chechens is urgent.

The Russian LGBT Network has helped 40 individuals escape Chechnya, and with the assistance of international organizations like ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Railroad is helping them find asylum.

The writers & artists on this page have come together to raise funds for these organizations so they can continue to help vulnerable Chechens escape to safety. We’re calling this project Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens. Join us in helping save lives.

How can I help?

Other ways to help

Participating Authors & Publishers

Thanks to the authors, publishers, and readers who have worked together to raise more than $10,000 for the Russian LGBT NetworkILGA-Europe, and Rainbow Railroad through royalty donations, direct donations, and our online auction.

Royalty Donations

In Books Save Lives, authors and publishers for donate proceeds from the sale of their books to the Russian LGBT Network and Rainbow Railroad. Thanks to the following authors and publishers for participating:

Monetary Donations

These authors and organizations have made contributions to Rainbow Railroad and ILGA-Europe to help relocate vulnerable Chechens seeking safety and asylum.
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Aidee Ladnier, writer of LGBTQIA romance

Lucy Lennox, author of LGBT romance novels

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Arshad Ahsanuddin, LGBT author and physician

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Nell Iris, author of gay romance

Laura Antoniou

Laura Antoniou, co-author of Avadim Hayinu, the Leather Seder

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Queeromance Ink, connecting queer romance readers to the authors & books they love

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The Paranormal Romance Guild, supporting and promoting authors of the paranormal romance genre


Thank you to the authors, designers, editors, publishers, and readers who generously donated services and items for our online auction May 5–13, 2017.

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Charities We Support

The Russian LGBT Network works directly with LGBT residents of the Russian Caucasus, including those in Chechnya. (Read our FAQ.)

ILGA-Europe provides funds to local organizations helping vulnerable people from Chechnya and other parts of the Caucasus get to safety.

Rainbow Railroad is a Canadian charity working with local groups to help persecuted LGBT people throughout the world find asylum. They have worked extensively in the Caucasus, helping more than 30 gay and bisexual Chechen men flee to safer countries.   

American Friends of Rainbow Railroad raises funds for Rainbow Railroad. Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.

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Donations Sent So Far

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