RuPaul, Sasha Velour, Lena Dunham, Mara Wilson, Rita Ora, and other stars have joined MTV’s social media campaign #EyesOnChechnya supporting the LGBTQ community living (and being victimized) in Chechnya.
In Chechnya, gay and bisexual men have been hunted down, rounded up, and continue to be illegally detained in prison. Many have been tortured and at least three men have been murdered.
In spite of these horrors, not enough people are aware of what’s happening or taking action.
Together we can raise the volume on the public outcry, and let the world know that we have our #EyesOnChechnya.
Take action NOW.
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In a recent interview with HBO, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov claimed that news was fake, citing that gay people can’t possibly be attacked in his country because there are no gay people. Numerous first-person accounts make that assertion false. Furthermore, the Russian government claims they have found no evidence of the accusations, despite ample reporting. Since April, when the Novaya Gazeta story went live, Donald Trump has made no personal remarks about the situation, and officials say he will not be bringing up the horrors in Chechnya personally with Putin. However, the White House has finally condemned the statements made by Kadyrov in the HBO documentary.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert called the statements “very concerning and also upsetting,” adding that they have raised concerns with Russian leaders “at the highest level.”
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) July 14, 2017
— Sasha Velour (@sasha_velour) July 14, 2017
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 12, 2017
— Logo 🏳️🌈 (@LogoTV) July 11, 2017
— Omar Sharif Jr. (@OmarSharifJr) July 13, 2017
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 12, 2017
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) June 27, 2017
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 27, 2017
I’m a proud cosponsor of H.Res. 351. #EyesonChechnya
— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) June 27, 2017
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) June 27, 2017
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) June 27, 2017