One year since reports of an anti-LGBT purge in Chechnya began to emerge, there has still been no official investigation by Russian authorities, and many victims remain missing. Spearheaded by grassroots activist organization Voices4, New Yorkers once again gathered today to protest the detainment and persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya, as well as the lack of media coverage in response to these injustices. Led by Voices4 founder and LGBT activist Adam Eli, protesters congregated this afternoon at Columbus Circle. Among those participating in the non-violent rally were RuPaul’s Drag Racestar Milk, YouTube personality Tyler Oakley, local drag performer Marti Gould Cummings, and musician Zeke Thomas. Voices4 also encouraged supporters to take digital action by adjusting their Grindr and Tinder profiles with information about the Chechen purge and the hashtag #Looking4Voices.
April 28 / NewNowNext