What is Happening to the LGBT Community in Chechnya?

In America, LGBT groups are wailing crocodile tears over wedding cakes and bathrooms. They march through the streets in pink vinyl thongs and feather boas, or camp out in front of conservative lawmakers’ homes and twerk, while complaining about their crushing oppression.

Liberal lawmakers give impassioned speeches about tolerance and equal rights.

Barbara Streisand sings for them.

And all the while, they go to work, hang out with their friends, go to public events, and move about freely, with very little that resembles actual oppression.

That’s because the facts are, victimization is the hot new trend in liberal circles, yet, they’ve never known real suffering.

Take the case of homosexual men in Chechnya.

Chechnya is a federal subject of Russia, with Islam being the predominant religion in the region.

Over the last several months, stories have emerged of homosexual men being rounded up and thrown into camps, or just disappearing. So far, over 100 men, suspected of being homosexuals, have gone missing, with at least three of them turning up dead.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov denies the reports because, as he says, they don’t have gay men in Chechnya.

Since that comment, however, it has become increasingly difficult to ignore what’s happening.

A new report from the region says Chechnya’s police are informing parents to kill their own gay sons, or they will come and do it for them.

I’m trying to wrap my mind around that horror, and I just can’t.

One survivor of the camps that have sprung up to imprison these men recounts:

The survivor, who managed to escape from one of the homosexual torture camps, told France 24 News that police told parents of gay men to “sort it out” or risk authorities taking matters into their own hands.

“They tell the parents to kill their child. They say, ‘Either you do it, or we will,’” the man said.

“They call it: ‘Cleaning your honour with blood.’

He tells of one man who was tortured for several weeks, before his parents and brothers were called in.

“The authorities said to them: ‘Your son is a homosexual — sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves’.”

The victim added: “We’ve always been persecuted, but never like this. Now they arrest everyone. They kill people, they do whatever they want.”

It sounds awful, but given this reality or being forced to find another baker to bake a wedding cake, which seems like the actual act of oppression?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Russia on Tuesday and asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to do more to assure the safety of LGBT citizens in the area.

Merkel isn’t the only one taking notice.

U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has also issued a statement.

“We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association,” Ms Haley said in a statement.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the LGBT rights group GLAAD, described it as a “humanitarian crisis”.

“It is beyond horrific for a country to proactively target, arrest, and abuse LGBT people,” Ms Ellis said.

But it’s happening. It’s just not happening here, nor are you likely to see it happen.

That’s because they have full, equal rights in this nation. They are blessed to be here.

Blessed and safe.

For the LGBT community of Chechnya, they are dealing with true oppression, and I promise you, nobody from the LGBTQ community here would trade places with them.

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Susan Wright

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