Since 2017, gay men have been getting rounded up, imprisoned & murdered in Chechen concentration camps. Now (May 2018) a website has appeared where homophobes can purchase the personal information of gay men in their area for them to specifically seek & attack (see After Hate link here)

It is our belief at Global Amigos that funds need to be generated to support those directly affected.

The Russian LGBT network actively seek LGBT individuals & provide safe accommodation. Those supported are often uprooted with only the clothes on their backs. Whilst Barry in Buckingham changing his profile photo will raise awareness of the issue, we believe that Piotr in Chechnya, now in hiding, would appreciate money for basic necessities. Additionally, the group helping Piotr would undoubtedly appreciate funds to buy fuel, supplies; possibly to recruit more people to help. (Hell, if we had the funds, and spoke Russian, we’d fly out to join them!)

Q) How can I help gay men in Russia? A) Raise funds as well as attention!

We want to continue raising money for the Russian LGBT Network – as well as awareness of the work they do & the atrocities facing gay men in Russia in general. We want to encourage others in this fight as well.

Whether you’re a key figure within your community or have links to local business, could you organise a small #FightFireWithLove activity in your area – similar to the one we did on Preston’s Flag Market in 2017? (Ours simply featured a gazebo, print outs & a money jar!) Tweet @FightItWithLove on Twitter / include #FightFireWithLove for additional exposure & to share our collective experiences!

What if it’s just little old me?

Organise a small event yourself!? Link up with a local business? Human rights group? Uni society? And pass funds generated to the Russian LGBT Network. You can bake right? (Or know where Tesco is?!) How about a cake sale in your workplace, on campus or in town? Whether it generates a tenner or £100, it’ll soon add up. It’ll also raise awareness of the situation – and naturally inspire more outrage & action.

We can’t let this issue drop; and you shouldn’t question the impact you can have even on your own. If you’re in a position to do something, please don’t just write angry rants on facebook about the situation… #FightFireWithLove #EveryLittleHelps

How would I send the money over?

We suggest donations be sent to All Out for them to distribute within their current campaign & network. This will naturally be at the discretion of each organiser though & we do accept that individuals & groups will have doubts over going via a third party western organisation. You may opt to contact the Russian LGBT Network directly and transfer straight to them. (We went via All Out in 2017 but plan to go directly to the Russian LGBT Network for 2018)

Northern communities acted together in 2017 #FightFireWithLove

 

Blackpool – Monday July 31st 2017

Renaissance at Drugline organised a 50/50 fundraiser that supported gay men in Chechnya & Blackpool LGBT.

Lancaster – May 20th 2017

Lancaster Pride organisers / LGBT Out in the Bay shook buckets as part of their Pink Triangle campaign.

Preston – May 17th 2017 for IDAHO

After Hate & Preston Pride volunteers organised a free family-friendly engagement activity on the Flag Market,

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If you plan to host an event, contact us to feature. Also, tell us how much you raise so we can tally up the amount generated overall.

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