Gay and bi men are under attack in Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation. The Washington Post reports that the government is rounding them up in torture camps, with at least 100 arrests and three deaths. The need to evacuate vulnerable Chechens is urgent. Ninety people so far have sought help from the Russian LGBT Network, and three to five new Chechens reach out to the network's hotline each day for assistance.
Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens have joined together to raise funds for the Russian LGBT Network, ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Railroad, which are helping LGBT Chechens escape to safety.
This consists of an ongoing fundraiser by authors who are donating a percentage of their book proceeds to these organizations (which goes beyond May 13) and an online charity auction from May 5 to May 13 (ending noon CDT—US Central Daylight time.)
Details at https://dalecameronlowry.com/lgbt-chechnya/ and http://readersandwritersforlgbtchechens.wordpress.com.
Please sign up below if you are willing to feature Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens on your website or blog. We welcome anyone and everyone to help out. Review sites and writers are obviously welcome to post about this event, but so are readers, people who blog about LGBT issues but don't usually blog about books, people who care about human rights, and so forth.