The latest work from LGBT Poet Laurette, Trudy Howson, is a moving dedication to our comrades murdered and abused in Chechnya’s gay purge.
The Laureate said, “We need to challenge ignorance and prejudice, wherever we find it.”
We found the last two verses particularly moving and poignant.
Chechnya has made its choice, To punish homosexual Love, To purge its streets of dignity and respect, Disregarding, even pity’s gaze.
Let us now raise our voices, Lift up our global communities heart, Ours is the enduring voice of love, It cannot. Must not, be silenced.
Anti-gay purges in the Chechen Republic, a part of the Russian Federation, have included forced disappearances — secret abductions, imprisonment, torture — and extrajudicial killing by authorities targeting persons based on their perceived sexual orientation. An unknown number of people, who authorities detained on suspicion of being gay or bisexual, have reportedly died after being held in concentration camps.