About Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens

Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens is a voluntary effort started by authors Dale Cameron Lowry and Olivia Helling in April 2017 to respond to the the news coming out of Chechnya, where gay and bisexual men — and those suspected of being gay — are being rounded up in detention camps and killed.

They both decided to contribute book proceeds to charities helping LGBT Chechens get asylum, and Reader & Writers for LGBT Chechens was born. Since then, other authors, publishers, and book businesses have signed on to help.

The online auction held May 5–13, 2017, raised $2,709 USD for the Russian LGBT Network, Rainbow Railroad, and ILGA-Europe. Authors continue to raise fund through book sales and other means.

Reader & Writers for LGBT Chechens is a network of concerned individuals, not a charity organization. Dale and Olivia do not handle contributions, nor do we solicit or accept donations for overhead. We ask writers and readers to donate directly to organizations that are helping in Chechnya and the Russian Federation.