Vigil for Chechnya

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Please join the LGBTI community and our allies in a vigil for the tortured and murdered gay men of Chechnya 1800hrs Tuesday 16th May, Federation Square, Melbourne.

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Credible reports have been emanating from Chechnya that gay men there are being rounded up, tortured for the names of their fellow gays, and sometimes killed. Or they have been returned to their families, who have then killed them to “cleanse their honour.” Chechnya is a semi-independent republic within the Russian Federation.

Initially the Chechen authorities claimed the stories could not be true, because there were no gay men in Chechnya. Then the leader of the country issued a chilling statement vowing to rid Chechnya of all gay men by the start of Ramadan: 26th May.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking him to investigate these reports. Australian Foreign Minister has also asked Russia to investigate. There have been vigils, demonstrations and protests around the world, including within Russia itself. Links are here.

Now it’s Melbourne’s turn. On the eve of the¬†International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2017, a vigil for the persecuted, tortured and murdered gay men of Chechnya will be held in Federation Square.

Please join us to demand justice for our Chechen brothers. And please sign the Amnesty International petition here.

 

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About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years.

“Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe.” (Daniel Witthaus, “Beyond Priscilla”, Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)