Throughout 2017, gay men have been getting rounded up, imprisoned & murdered in Chechen concentration camps. It is our belief at Global Amigos that funds need to be generated to support those directly affected.

The Russian LGBT network have been smuggling LGBT individuals out & placing them into safe accommodation. Those saved are being uprooted with only the clothes on their backs and, 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 we’d be flying out to help ourselves!)

How can I help gay men in Russia?

We want caring individuals, grassroots organisations & conscientious businesses to join us (in spirit) throughout 2017. Whether you’re a key figure within your community or you have links to local business owners, you could organise a small fundraising & awareness-raising activity in your area, similar to the one we did on Preston’s Flag Market with Preston Pride – featuring a gazebo, print outs and a money jar. You’re free to identify other beneficiaries of the money you raise too; as long as a proportion ends up with the Russian LGBT Network/an organisation supporting those directly affected.  To share our collective achievements, we’ve adopted the hashtag, #FightFireWithLove & set up @FightItWithLove on Twitter – Tweet your activities / support for additional exposure.

What if it’s just little old me?

Organise a small event yourself! Contact any LGBT business or human rights groups local to you, or pass the funds generated at an activity you manage yourself… You can bake right? (Or know where Tesco is?!) Do a bake sale in your workplace, on campus or in town… Whatever you do, whether it generates a tenner or £100, with all the other groups & individuals who may choose to get on board, it’ll add up. It’ll also raise awareness of the situation among the wider community & 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.

How can 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.

Northern communities, acting together #FightFireWithLove

 

Blackpool – Monday July 31st 2017

A 50/50 fundraiser that supported Chechnya & Blackpool LGBT – organised by Renaissance at Drugline.

Lancaster – May 20th

Pink Triangle awareness campaign – with buckets shaken, at Lancaster Pride

Preston – May 17th (for IDAHO)

A free family-friendly engagement activity on the Flag Market, hosted by Global Amigos & Preston Pride volunteers; raised the first £58.

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    #FightFireWithLove in Preston is over for 2017. However, details for upcoming Dirrty Harry’s events, which fall under Global Amigos & support other good causes, can be found via the new Facebook page here – Give it a like?

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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