This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.
Help All Out, an organization devoted to LGBTQ rights, help gay men escape torture and persecution in Chechnya.
Chechnya is a region of Eastern Europe that is heavily Muslim. On April 1, 2017, the Russian paper Novaya Gazeta broke the news that Chechen authorities had rounded up more than 100 gay men, detaining them in camps, and torturing them. As many as three might have died.
When asked about the actions, a spokesperson for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov reportedly said, “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic… If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”
The All Out Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that is partnering with the Russian LGBT Network to evacuate gay men from Chechnya. They have met their initial fundraising goal but it wouldn’t hurt to add your donation.
Donate to All Out’s fund to help gay men escape persecution in Chechnya (note–donations are NOT tax-deductible):
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Read a New York Times report on the Russian newspaper story:
Read a Guardian op-ed about the situation in Chechnya: