Heartbreaking Video Drives Home the Terror Faced by Gay Chechens

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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.’

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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

Forty gay men saved from Chechnya purge by Russian LGBT Network | NPR & PinkNews

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The Russian LGBT Network is saving the lives of gay/bi Chechens, and those perceived to be gay. In an audio interview with NPR, the network’s communications director talked about the dozens of men they have helped evacuate from Chechnya over the past month or so, as well as the Russian government’s inaction. She said that international pressure has led to some minimal response, and that more pressure could help. So get involved! … Read more

‘I will not be silent’: Writers speak out for LGBT Chechens

Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens is getting a lot of support from book review and author blogs. As more people become aware of the issue, we hope the Russian LGBT Network and other organizations helping displaced Chechens will receive the money they need. Here, we highlight a few posts where authors talk about why they have chosen to raise funds to help queer Chechens. We begin with erotic romance author Adira August, who is donating proceeds from her book On His Knees to the Russian LGBT Network through the end of May. … Read more

From Russia with hate: How Putin’s anti-LGBT crackdown led to the persecution of gay men in Chechnya | Salon.com

Are you trying to understand the situation faced by LGBT people in the Russian Federation? A recent article from Salon.com explains the context for the persecution of gay men, and men perceived to be gay, in Chechnya and how the Russian government has fostered an increasingly hostile climate toward LGBT people in recent years. … Read more

QueeromanceInk & author Jodi Payne draw attention to the persecution of gay Chechens

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Queeromance Ink had Jodi Payne on its blog this 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. … Read more

Angela Merkel Urges Putin to Protect Gay Chechens | Advocate.com

Daniel Reynolds of The Advocate reports that Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, urged Russia’s president, Vladmir Putin, in a face-to-face meeting to intervene on behalf of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, where more than a hundred have been arrested on suspicion of being homosexual. According to the article: Unlike some other heads of state, Angela … Read more