In Chechnya, gay men — and those perceived to be gay — are being abducted, beaten, tortured and forced into labour camps. Despite international appeals, the Chechen government callously continues its purge.

But we can help.

Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens are running two events to raise money for organisations working to evacuate vulnerable individuals from Chechnya.

In Books Save Lives, authors donate their royalties to these organisations.

The online auction held May 5–13, 2017, raised $2,709 USD for the Russian LGBT Network, Rainbow Railroad, and ILGA-Europe.


Get Involved

Authors, publishers, and other creatives can find out more and sign up here.

Readers can help by:

  1. Buying books by authors donating their royalties.
  2. Sharing these pages on social media with the hashtag #chechenrainbow.
  3. Donating directly to one of these four charitable organisations: