The #Charity #Auction is LIVE! #ChechenRainbow #Chechnya


The Readers and Writers for LGBT Chechens online charity auction is now live! Here’s a link to the page listing all the auctions:

You’ll need to scroll down and click “older posts” a few times to show all of them. Bid by clicking on the listing(s) that interest you and making a bid (in USD $) in the comments.

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Here’s a handy link to my donation to the auction (a bundle of signed books including ’Til Death Do Us Part (print format includes From This Day Forward), To Love and To Cherish, and Snapshots):


1. Check current and upcoming auctions for items.
2. Click on the item and post your bid as a comment. (If you’re first, check the minimum bid.)
3. Come back and check on bidding. Bidding ends on 12 p.m. CDT (UTC-5) May 13th.
4. If you win, we’ll email you. You’ll have 24 hours to donate the winning bid to one of the four designated charities and send us the email receipt to claim your prize.

*Bids are in USD $ only.


Russian LGBT Network — Works directly with LGBT Chechens.

ILGA-Europe — Provides funds to 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 — Raises funds for Rainbow Railroad and is a registered nonprofit in the U.S.


Chechnya Fundraiser Blog Tour – Dale Cameron Lowry #ChechenRainbow #Chechnya #Chechens


By Dale Cameron Lowry

When the news started coming out of Chechnya about the organized police campaign of torture, imprisonment and murder being conducted against men perceived to be gay, it hit me hard.

Growing up in the Netherlands just a few decades after World War II, I learned to dread authoritarianism and genocide — authoritarianism’s frequent offspring — early on in life. On school and family outings we visited houses with secret rooms where families had provided refuge to Jews as they sought to escape Occupied Europe. Every summer, we would drive through northern Germany to see my cousins, and my mom would announce the sites of former concentration camps we passed along the way.

I felt compelled to do something about the situation in Chechnya — but what? How could I possibly help from the other side of the world?

Charity auction for men at risk in Chechnya May 5-12—Square

On April 14, I got an email that mentioned the Russian LGBT Network, the main organization working to help vulnerable Chechens get to safety. Things started to click into place in my head. I figured out how I could help.

I started by setting aside some of the proceeds from my recently released anthology Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love for the Russian LGBT Network. Then I asked other writers if they could do something similar.

Fantasy author Olivia Helling was one of the first to respond, and she also volunteered to organize a charity auction. Over the next week or so, the idea grew into an effort that now includes more than thirty writers, publishers, and other book people. We call ourselves Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens and, through royalties, other donations, and an online charity auction to be held May 5–13, we’re helping to make a difference.

Authors, publishers, and other book people are:

  • setting aside royalties for the Russian LGBT Network
  • making direct donations to organizations helping vulnerable Chechens
  • contributing signed paperbacks, cover design and editing services, ebook collections, bespoke short stories, characters named after readers, and more to an online auction with proceeds to benefit theRussian LGBT Network, ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Railroad, which are helping LGBT Chechens escape to safety.

I’m also maintaining a newsfeed with updates about the situation in Chechnya and what  charities are doing to help. You can check it out here.


If you’re an author who would like to get involved, please sign up at Authors & Publishers for LGBT Chechens. There, you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the auction, royalty donations, the charitable organizations that are helping out LGBT Chechens, and more.

If you are a reader who would like to learn more about the situation in Chechnya and how to help — including how to make a direct donation to a designated charity, buy a book from a participating author, or support the auction — please visit Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.


Dale Cameron Lowry (Twitter: @daleclowry) is a romance and speculative fiction writer living in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats. Queer Mormons, immigrants and emigrants, people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who spend their lives navigating multiple cultures often appear in Dale’s writing.

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Have you heard about Dale Cameron Lowry and Olivia Helling’s project, Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens yet? Here’s a quote from his page that summarizes it nicely:

“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.”

I’m donating a bundle of signed paperbacks [’Til Death Do Us Part (print format includes From This Day Forward), To Love and To Cherish, and Snapshots] to the auction.

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You can bid on items in the Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens auction, May 5-13.

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Follow these links for more information on this worthy cause, and to find out how you can help, too:

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