Planet Ally, an international LGBTI advocacy group, is spearheading an event to raise money and logistic support to aid LGBTI individuals in escaping persecution in Chechnya. This event will take place on Friday 2 June from 19:00 to 22:00.
Several organizations, including Rainbow Railroad, the Russian LGBT Network, and All Out funding campaigns have pooled efforts to help LGBTI individuals escape the persecution they are facing in Chechnya. Human Rights Watch has noted that LGBT individuals in Chechnya face persecution including torture, imprisonment and “honour” killings.
The event will include a Skype session with organizers from Rainbow Railroad, an expert panel discussion on LGBTI refugees, and live performances from local Hong Kong entertainers Les Fight and La Chiquitta. Interested parties can help by attending the event and donating money or air miles to help at-risk individuals escape persecution. Local LGBTI establishment FLM is hosting the event and offering standard drinks for $50 HKD to support the organizing effort.
Bess Hepworth, Founder of Planet Ally and lead organizer for the event, stated, “true allyship has no borders. The situation in Chechnya is absolutely dire. Our LGBTI community and allies must speak out and support our brothers and sisters at risk in Chechnya right now. We must ensure this kind of LGBTI persecution doesn’t escalate into blueprints for hate in other regions of the world.”
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