Protest at NYC Russian Consulate on Chechen Gay Rights

Protest at NYC Russian Consulate on Chechen Gay Rights

Below find the Analysis of the Chechen Human Rights Segment with Tony Wood Interview, the rest of the show will be posted on Wednesday. You can play the link below if you have flash enabled or from a HTML5 device. Click the green arrow to download the mp3.

The human rights crisis in Chechnya generated by the mass detention of hundreds of gay men, along with outing of accused gay men to their families and allegations of torture and murder, is generating a storm of outrage among LGBT activists and supporters internationally. Last Saturday Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association organized a memorial and protest outside the Russian Consulate in Manhattan, attended by 60 activists. Participating groups included Rise and Resist, ACT UP/NY, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah,, Human Rights First and Caribbean Equality Project.   The politics of Chechnya are complicated by its history of repeated struggles for independence from the USSR, and later from the Russian Federation -- whichhas twice granted and then revoked independence. Out-FM host John Riley interviews historian Tony Wood on the relationship of Chechnya's recent leaders to Putin and what that might mean for the LGBT movement. Wood is currently a doctoral student of history at NYU, a Russian speaker who visited Chechnya 10 years ago, and Assistant Editor at New Left Review.

Maria Sjödin, Deputy ED of Outright International

Maria Sjödin, Deputy ED of Outright International

Naomi Brussel interviews Maria Sjödin, Deputy Executive Director of Outright International (formerly IGLHRC) on the human rights situation in Chechnya and action that they are a part of to help the Chechen men there.

Chechen Pink Triangle

Gerod Rody,  Out for Sustainabilty

Gerod Rody, Out for Sustainabilty

Emma Missouri interviews Gerod Rody of Out for Sustainability about the new group he started for LGBT folks wanting to save the environment. OUT for Sustainability mobilizes the LGBTQ community for environmental and social action, in pursuit of a fabulous planet. Out4s.org