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!)