Books Save Lives:
Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens

Gay and bi men are under attack in Chechnya. 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. The Russian LGBT Network is already working with two dozen people who have fled Chechnya, and four or 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?

Participating Authors & Publishers

These authors are donating book proceeds to the Russian LGBT Network.

Olivia Helling, author of LGBT high fantasy, is donating proceeds from all book sales through April 23.

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Chris Ethan is donating 70% of all sales of The Guy With the Suitcase.

Romance & fantasy author Meredith Bond is donating all profits from  Falling for a Pirate through May 1.


Author Dale Cameron Lowry is donating the proceeds from gay romance anthology Falling Hard.


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


These authors and designers have generously donated services and books for our online auction May 5–12.

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Rachel Davidson Leigh, young adult author, is donating one developmental beta read for a novel under 90,000 words.

Tiferet Design is donating a professionally designed ebook cover to the auction.


Author Laura Lascarso is donating a short story written for the winning bidder.


J. Scott Coatsworth is auctioning off a character "walk-on" in his serial tale The River City Chronicles.


Author Damon Suede is offering signed paperback copies of Hot Head & Lickety Split.

Jordan L. Hawk is donating signed copies of Widdershins

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Pipe and Thimble Publishing and Bookstore is donating a gift collection of handmade items and a book: hand carved tie-dye peace ornament, peace raggle-taggle fairy doll, Love in the Middle romantic comedy novel by Barbara Lieberman, and Love in the Middle swag pendant.


Authors Jodi Payne & Chris Owen are offering the five-volume Deviations series.

Xenia Melzer donates a signed paperbacks of Love and the Stubborn and Ummana upon the latter's July 4th release.

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Lisabet Sarai is auctioning off two signed copies of her M/M scifi novel QuarantineThe River City Chronicles.

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.

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