Online Charity Auction for LGBT Chechens May 5–13
Authors and publishers to donate royalties to the cause throughout the month of May
Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens will host an online charity auction May 5–13 to benefit the Russian LGBT Network, ILGA-Europe, and Rainbow Railroad. These organizations work directly with gay men and other persecuted LGBT people from Chechnya and the northern Caucasus, providing assistance and helping them get to safety.
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/286004325144634/
And all May, authors and publishing companies are running special promotions in which proceeds from book sales go to support these organizations. Check out our ever-growing list of books that save lives.
You can also find out how to donate directly to the designated charities by visiting Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.
Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens started out with a Facebook conversation between authors Dale Cameron Lowry and Olivia Helling in mid-April, after news of the targeted imprisonment, torture and executions of gay men started coming out of Chechnya. Other authors quickly got involved, and the effort snowballed from there
Authors, publishers, and other book people are:
- setting aside royalties for the Russian LGBT Network
- making direct donations to organizations helping vulnerable Chechens
- contributing signed paperbacks, cover design and editing services, ebook collections, bespoke short stories, characters named after readers, and more to an online auction with proceeds to benefit theRussian LGBT Network, ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Railroad, which are helping LGBT Chechens escape to safety.
We’re also maintaining a newsfeed with updates about the situation in Chechnya and what charities are doing to help. You can check it out here.
If you’re an author who would like to get involved, please sign up at Authors & Publishers for LGBT Chechens. There, you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the auction, royalty donations, the charitable organizations that are helping out LGBT Chechens, and more. Deadline for donating to the auction is May 4, but there is no deadline for signing up to donate royalties.