This T-Shirt is Helping Support Victims of the Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya

This T-Shirt is Helping Support Victims of the Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya

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Paul Tuller, a Brooklyn based illustrator, is using his art to support victims of the anti-gay purge happening in Chechnya right now.

His “LGBTQ Chechnya” shirt is available for sale now, with 100% of the profits being donated to the Russian LGBTQ Network. The network is an interregional, non-governmental LGBTQ human rights organization that is helping gay and bi men flee Chechnya.

We had the opportunity to ask Tuller some questions regarding his response, his support and his resistance.

What was your initial response?
Disbelief. Followed by the need to find a way to help.

Why is it important to help right now?
As long as this persecution is going on it’s an urgent humanitarian issue. The Trump administration hasn’t vocalized any concern over Chechnya and without strong international pressure to investigate I doubt Moscow will do anything.

How did you learn about the organization Russian LGBT Network?
I was researching ways I could help and a few publications had mentioned the Russian LGBT Network and the work they do.

Why did you choose them to support?
I think it’s incredible to see that they have already helped 42 gay men escape persecution. To hear about direct results like this is inspiring and I want to help them continue their work.

To pick up your “LGBTQ Chechnya” T-shirt, head here.

Photos by Tayte Hanson.

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