A transgender woman from Chechnya who was granted asylum in the US is putting her life at risk by campaigning for other Chechens facing the risk of anti-LGBT persecution to be let into the country. Leyla, whose details have been kept limited to protect her, told the Washington Post how she faced persecution from her family, friends and authorities because of her identity. For a long time, Leyla tried to conceal her gender identity while living in Chechnya. However, she eventually moved to a close by region before moving to Moscow so she could begin to live more truthful to herself.
September 3 / Pink News