On Easter Sunday, prayers for the persecuted gays in Chechnay and throughout the world. Via the Huffington Post:
Chechen police are snaring gay men by posing as gays looking for dates on social media sites, then arresting the victims and using the contact lists on their phones to discover more closeted gays. Once in jail, forced into dark cells so small they can’t even lie down, the men are mercilessly beaten in various ways, including having to run through a gauntlet of twenty men wielding bats aimed at the victims from the waist down.
Some who survive are released to their families, a move that is usually a death sentence. Chechnya is a hotbed of Islamic honor killings, usually of young women, but of gay men as well. When gay Chechens who’ve somehow remained alive get out of jail, they are often taken by their male relatives to remote places to be killed and buried. No one even searches for them.
Good to see this tweet from a GOP senator, linking to a Washington Post story:
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) April 13, 2017
Of course, there also is still much of this.
Chechnya’s president: I will eliminate the gay community by the start of Ramadan https://t.co/GiFiaRnpIj
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) April 22, 2017