Save a Life Today

Gay and bi men are under attack in Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation. The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports that the government is rounding them up in torture camps, with at least 100 arrests and an estimated 26 deaths. The need to evacuate vulnerable Chechens is urgent.

The Russian LGBT Network has helped 40 individuals escape Chechnya, and with the assistance of international organizations like ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Railroad is helping them find asylum.

The writers & artists on this page have joined together to raise funds for these organizations so they can continue to help vulnerable Chechens escape to safety.

How can I help?

Other ways to help

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.

Wolf's Own by Carole Cummings book bundle

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

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Chris Ethan is donating 70% of all sales of The Guy With the Suitcase through June 16 to the Russian LGBT Network.

Past Participants

Thanks to these authors and publishers for donating proceeds from the sale of their books to the Russian LGBT Network and Rainbow Railroad:

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

Lucy Lennox, author of LGBT romance novels

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Arshad Ahsanuddin, LGBT author and physician

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Nell Iris, author of gay romance

Laura Antoniou

Laura Antoniou, co-author of Avadim Hayinu, the Leather Seder

Queeromance Ink, connecting queer romance readers to the authors & books they love

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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

The Russian LGBT Network works directly with LGBT Chechens. (Read our FAQ.)

ILGA-Europe provides funds to organizations in the Russian Federation helping vulnerable Chechens get to safety

Rainbow Railroad is a Canadian group working with the Russian LGBT Network to get fleeing Chechens to asylum.

American Friends of Rainbow Railroad raises funds for Rainbow Railroad. Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.

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Donations Sent So Far

#FF0000 Raised 10,470 $ towards the 11,500 $ target.
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