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Dear Christine, Concerned and scared in Commerce

  • Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

Dear Christine, I’ve been reading terrible things about how the Chechnya government is rounding up gays and lesbians in concentration camps and torturing them. What is going on and how I can I make a difference as a lesbian here in the US? Signed, Concerned and scared in Commerce Dear Concerned, I share your concerns and fears. Chechnya is predominantly Muslim and extremely conservative. It doesn’t even believe that gay people exist, but they consider LGBT people, who are of “non–traditional orientation” to be “undesirable” who need to be “preventively mopped up.” There are reports of at least 100 innocent gay men being kidnapped, detained, tortured and killed there. “Homosexual propaganda” was made illegal in 2013 in all of Russia, and the situation in Chechnya is that gay and bi people there have no choice but to leave. So far, Nikki Haley, the Ambassador to the UN from the USA, has issued a statement condemning the persecution of gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya, less than a week after GLAAD urged her to do so. “We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can…