Queeromance Ink had Jodi Payne on its blog Friday morning to talk about the situation in Chechnya and how readers can help. Jodi and her co-author, Chris Owen, donated the 5-ebook Deviations erotic romance series to the Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens charity auction. It’s an informative and moving article that gives a brief timeline of events affecting gay (and perceived-as-gay) men in Chechnya and international responses.
On April 1, I read a New York Times article reporting that gay men were simply disappearing in Chechnya. That authorities there were rounding up gay men and men suspected of being gay, and that one of the ways they were doing this was by doing things like posing as gay themselves online to trap people.
Shortly thereafter came the reports of torture camps and detention centers.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
Please check it out at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens Auction – Queeromance Ink and take a moment to comment on their blog to thank them for bringing attention to this issue.
For more information on how to help, please check out Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.
About Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the situation in Chechnya and the organizations helping sexual minorities in the Russian Caucasus here: FAQ on Russian LGBT Network and gays in Chechnya.
Learn how to help at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.