You may have heard the news coming out of Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation, where police are kidnapping gay men (and those they perceive to be gay) and taking them to camps for torture and state-sanctioned murder.
Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens is raising money for organizations working directly with gay men and other persecuted LGBT people in Chechnya and the northern Caucasus, through:
• direct donations
• donating royalties to these charitable organizations
• an online auction that runs through Saturday, May 13, at 12 noon CDT (6 pm BST and 3 am Sunday morning AEST)
Be a Hero: Two Authors on Helping LGBT Chechens
Jeff Adams, author of m/m romance and young adult novels, has donated signed copies of the three paperbacks in his Hat Trick ice hockey trilogy to the Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens online auction.
“It’s horrifying that anyone is targeted like gay men are in Chechnya. For me, as a gay man, it’s a matter of helping others as I would hope to be helped if I was in a similar situation,” Jeff says. “It’s important to stand up and help where you can, and if I can help by donating my books to an auction, I’m happy to do so. Standing up against the horrors in Chechnya also helps make it clear we won’t tolerate these kind of things happening in our country, which is something we must be vigilant against with the current political landscape.”
Neil Plakcy has donated his 5-ebook Love On series to the auction. He writes, “Years ago I fell in love with John Preston’s Alex Kane series. I loved the idea of a gay superhero—incredibly strong and well-armed, and dedicated to protecting LGBT people everyone. In writing my Have Body, Will Guard series of adventure romances, I’ve tried to do the same thing. My heroes are strong, well-trained guys who protect those who need help. Since I can’t easily send Aidan and Liam to Chechnya, helping the auction is the next best thing.”
*6 pm BST; 3 am Sunday morning AEST
Authors, publishers and freelancers have donated so many incredible prizes, from a handmade, cozy reading quilt to signed paperbacks to original stories to gigantic ebook collections. Browse the items here.
Wish someone would write that trope or relationship you’ve always been looking for? Now is your chance. Bid on one of the original stories.
Check out Books Save Lives
These authors are donating their royalties to one of the organizations evacuating LGBT men from Chechnya. Find your next read here.
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Donate directly to the Russian LGBT Network
Since much of their website is in Russian, Dale Cameron Lowry put together an FAQ to help you magically change it to English and guide you through the donation process.
Jeff Adams (Twitter: @WriterJeffAdams) lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musical Rent, the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and So You Think You Can Dance. He co-hosts the weekly show Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast with his husband.