Books Save Lives:
Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens

Gay and bi men are under attack in Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation. The Washington Post reports that the government is rounding them up in torture camps, with at least 100 arrests and three deaths. The need to evacuate vulnerable Chechens is urgent. Ninety people so far have sought help from the Russian LGBT Network, and three to five new Chechens reach out to the network's hotline each day for assistance.

The writers & artists on this page have joined together to raise funds for the Russian LGBT Network, ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Railroad, which are helping LGBT Chechens escape to safety.

How can I help?

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Books Save Lives: Participating Authors & Publishers

These authors and publishers are donating book proceeds to the Russian LGBT Network and Rainbow Railroad. Check back regularly for updated listings.

In May, Circlet Press will donate 100% of proceeds from sales of Ultimate Wired Hard, a massive forty-three story ebook bundle of gay male erotic science fiction. Every cent of your purchase goes to Rainbow Railroad.

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Fantasy author Carole Cummings is donating all proceeds from the Wolf's-own series ebook bundle from the 2017 2nd quarter, April 1-June 30, to the Russian LGBT Network.

Adira August, erotic romance author, is donating all royalties from the Amazon title On His Knees, April 24—May 31, to the Russian LGBT Network.

The Way You Look Tonight and What a Difference a Day Makes by Jo Tannah

Jo Tannah  is donating 100% of all sales of The Standards Series, What A Difference A Day Makes & The Way You Look Tonight, through the end of May to the Russian LGBT Network. These are M/M romantic stories based on the lyrics of the songs of the same title.


In May, author Dale Cameron Lowry is donating all Patreon pledges and 75% of royalties from gay romance anthology Falling Hard  to the Russian LGBT Network.

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Chris Ethan is donating 70% of all sales of The Guy With the Suitcase, a romance about two homeless New Yorkers, through the end of May to the Russian LGBT Network.

Romance & fantasy author Meredith Bond is donating all profits from time-travel romance Falling for a Pirate through May 15 to the Russian LGBT Network.

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Sebastian Carter will donate 70% of sales between May 4-19 to the Russian LGBT Network for books purchased through Sebastian Carter's Payhip store.

Olivia Helling, author of LGBT high fantasy, donated proceeds from all book sales through April 23 to the Russian LGBT Network.

Monetary Donations

These authors and organizations have made contributions to Rainbow Railroad and ILGA-Europe to help relocate vulnerable Chechens seeking safety and asylum.
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Aidee Ladnier, writer of LGBTQIA romance

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Arshad Ahsanuddin, LGBT author and physician

Laura Antoniou

Laura Antoniou, venerable BDSM author/editor, and co-author of Avadim Hayinu, the Leather Seder

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Nell Iris, author of gay romance


Queeromance Ink, a website connecting queer romance readers to the authors and books that they love

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Lucy Lennox, author of LGBT romance novels

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The Paranormal Romance Guild, supporting and promoting authors of the paranormal romance genre


Thank you to the authors, designers, editors, publishers, and readers who generously donated services and items for our online auction May 5–13. We are currently contacting winning bidders and will update this page with the amount raised shortly.

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Charities We Support

Russian LGBT Network — Organization working directly with LGBT Chechens.

ILGA-Europe — organization providing funds to LGBT/humanitarian organizations in the Russian Federation who are helping LGBT Chechens get to safety

Rainbow Railroad — Canadian organization working with the Russian LGBT Network to get fleeing Chechens to countries where they will be safer.

American Friends of Rainbow Railroad — A fundraising organization for Rainbow Railroad. U.S. taxpayers who want to deduct a charitable donation from their income taxes can donate here.

Help Save the Lives of LGBT Chechens — FAQ that answers common questions Westerners might have about the effectiveness of LGBT humanitarian aid in Chechnya and the Russian Federation.

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Donations Sent So Far

#FF0000 Raised 10,326 $ towards the 11,500 $ target.
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Do you want to buy books in German and have the proceeds go to help LGBT Chechens? Look for #autor4tschetschenien on Twitter and Facebook.

Möchtest Du Bücher auf Deutsch? Suche nach #autor4tschetschenien auf Twitter und Facebook.

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