To Chechnya With Love: A Benefit Compilation for Chechen LGBTQ+ (Vol 1)

by Amps For Equality

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To Chechnya With Love – Vol 1 is a collaboration of musicians and artists from across the U.K., U.S. & Europe, plus a special contribution from Russia. We stand united in support of LGBTQ+ people across the world, but particularly in Chechnya, in the wake of the campaign of violence against LGBTQ+ people that has swept through the Russian province in recent months.

In April 2017 Elena Milashina and Irina Gordienko of the Novaya Gazeta reported that a wave of anti-LGBT violence had begun to sweep through the deeply conservative Russian province of Chechnya, directed and encouraged by local government and including mass arrests, detainment in secret prisons, torture and murder. Hundreds have been detained and at least twenty six people have been killed, though it is extremely likely that extrajudicial 'honour' killings, encouraged by the state, have resulted in further unrecorded deaths.

ampsforequality.wixsite.com/chechnya

attitude.co.uk/chechen-authorities-summoning-parents-to-prison-camps-to-kill-their-gay-sons/

www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/35576/1/help-stop-the-torture-of-gay-men-in-chechnya

This compilation includes music by LGBTQ+ musicians and allies, with rare and unreleased material by Bent Knee, William Ryan Fritch, Asva, Trojan Horse, Pijn and more. From psych folk to doom metal, electronica, punk, indie, modern prog and shoegaze – whatever your tastes, we’ve got you covered.

You can also donate directly via PayPal to ampsforequality@gmail.com if you wish!

VOL. 2 coming July 2017!

credits

released June 1, 2017

My enormous thanks to all the bands and artists that contributed - this would not be possible without you. Extra special thanks for being solid gold go to John Simm, Lewis Cook, Jamie Otsa, Courtney Swain, Ian Breen & Luke Bhatia.

Compiled by Javier Wallis, 2017.

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Amps For Equality is a non-profit organisation of UK musicians working on live music and compilation projects to support LGBTQ+ and gender equality worldwide.

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