Nell Iris: ‘I can’t just sit by and do nothing.’

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Author Nell Iris wrote a moving post today about the situation in Chechnya and ways to help. In it, she talks about her experiences living in a country where being gay is against the law.

Moving from a LGBT-friendly country to Malaysia was difficult. It made me re-evaluate the acceptance and freedom I’ve always taken for granted. Living in a country where I have to worry about the rainbow pin I’ve attached to my purse, has been an eye-opener.

I fear for my gay friends here. I fear for the cute, young gay couple I saw in the isle of a grocery store who had their pinkies hooked discreetly together. They flew apart when they saw me, but relaxed when I smiled at them and pointed at my rainbow pin.

No one should ever have to worry about holding hands with their partner. No one should ever have to be afraid of being murdered for who they are. No one should ever have to be fear execution by their own government because of who they love. 

I can’t believe that we live in a world where this still happens. And I can’t just sit by and do nothing.

Stop by Nell Iris’s blog to read the complete post and leave a comment:

And learn ways to help at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.

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