Chechnya Crisis Appeal

$8,329 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 208 people in 19 days
Gay, lesbian, bi and trans people in Chechnya are living in fear as authorities continue to round-up people who they perceive to identify as LGBTI.

Gay Star News have reported on how people are being detained in concentration camps, tortured in horrific ways, and in some cases, executed. Yet the Chechen authorities insist that LGBTI people do not exist in their country.

But there’s hope.

Gay Star News have partnered with The Russian LGBT Network to raise awareness of this crisis within our global LGBTI community and to help those most at risk to escape to safety.

Donations to this GoFundMe are in USD, and the money you give will be used to evacuate LGBTI people who are in the most danger and to pressure the Chechen authorities to stop this persecution.

As well as using our investigative journalism to keep you informed about what’s happening on-the-ground as it happens, we’re inviting you to make a difference today by donating to the Chechyna Crisis Appeal.

Please also share our appeal with your followers, friends and family: https://www.gofundme.com/chechnya-crisis-appeal  Together, we can raise awareness and apply pressure to permanently end this abuse.
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The latest from our coverage out of Chechnya:

A lesbian who escaped the ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya has bravely shared her story, even though it could get her killed.

The woman – who remains anonymous for her safety – shared the horrors of growing up LGBTI in Chechnya and how she wasn’t even safe from her own family.

Read the full story here: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbians-are-also-being-killed-in-chechnya-and-no-one-seems-to-care/

We're so grateful for your donations and continued support. Do you know anyone who might be interested in supporting the campaign? Please share the link with them and help us reach our new $12,000 target.
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The Gay Star News crisis appeal for Chechnya has smashed its target in just one week.

Thank you so much for sharing and supporting our appeal!

So far, we have raised over $4,000 (€3,560). This money will go direct to the Russian LGBT Network who have been the key organization in getting LGBTI Chechens to safety. They have organized new IDs for them, rushed them to safe houses where they provide them with bedding, clothing, food and in some cases, emergency medical care.

We want to help as many LGBTI Chechens as possible, so today we are raising the appeal target to raise as much money as possible.

Tris Reid-Smith, editor-in-chief of GSN, said: ‘We are blown away by the response to the Chechnya appeal in the first week.

‘It shows we can provide hope and save more lives. It shows LGBTI people at their best. When we work together, we beat the torturers and murderers who are killing our brothers and sisters. When we are united, we win and the haters lose.

‘Therefore, we’re increasing our target to $12,000.

‘We hope that we’ll be able to reach this, and maybe even more, in two weeks time – the halfway point of our crisis appeal.

‘Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared already.

‘We hope people will continue to be generous.’

If you can help spread our campaign further, please do share our Go Fund Me link or our appeal video:


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