How You Can Help — Charity Auction for Men at Risk in Chechnya — May 5 - 13, 2017
Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens is a group of people raising money for organizations working directly with gay men and other persecuted LGBT people from Chechnya and the northern Caucasus. They do this through direct donations to groups like the Russian LGBT Network, ILGA-Europe, and Rainbow Railroad; by donating royalties to these charitable organizations, and through an online auction to be held May 5–12.
Author Addison Albright is donating a set of three of her signed paperbacks to the online auction—’Til Death Do Us Part, To Love and To Cherish, and Snapshots. Here, she talks about why she decided to get involved.
Why did I get involved in Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens? I can’t imagine not wanting to do something—anything—to help innocent people who are being tortured and killed. I am horrified by the news articles I’ve read telling us about what’s happening to the poor people in Chechnya, and appalled by the comments being made by the Russian government officials who should be helping their people, but won’t, and don’t care.
I feel helpless, like there’s little I can do to directly help this cause. But I’m glad I can help in some small way by contributing toward raising funds for the good people who can get LGBT Chechens to safety. Fortunately, there are already organizations in place that are well-positioned to help.
ILGA-Europe “is a driving force for political, legal and social change at European level. Our vision is of a world where dignity, freedoms and full enjoyment of human rights are protected and ensured to everyone regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.”
The Rainbow Railroad’s mission “is to help LGBT people as they seek safe haven from state enabled violence, murder, or persecution.”
The Russian LGBT Network “is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.”
Organizations like these are our boots on the ground to help effect change to make our Russian LGBT family safe again, and/or get them to safety in the meantime. I might not be able to do much to directly help those poor people, but I can support the organizations that can, and so can you.
Addison Albright is a writer living in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in mathematics and a minor in chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.