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Rainbow Railroad Saves LGBTQ+ Lives Around the World

Sarah Hegazi, a prominent queer Egyptian feminist, committed suicide in exile in Toronto, Canada. She bore the scars of torture and assault she endured in prison in Egypt following her arrest for raising the Pride flag at a Cairo concert in 2017.Sarah HegaziRussian-speaking American activists held a rallу in NYC on the anniversarу of the disappearance of the Chechen singer Zelim Bakaуev.LGBTQ+ rights activists in St. Petersburg bring allegations of an anti-gay purge in Chechnya. The sign on the left says, “Everyone needs protection from murders.” The banner on the right reads, “LGBT.It could happen to you too.”Moscow Police arrest Nikolai Alexeyev, a LGBT activist and gay pride parade organizer, in 2015. Alexeyev was sentenced to ten days in jail.Police detain a gay rights activist in Minsk, Belarus, in 2010.Broadway Bares raised $25,000 for Rainbow Railroad in 2017.Police in St. Petersburg, Russia, arrest a man who was protesting the treatment of gay men in Chechnya.A woman being caned in public in Indonesia. In September 2018, two Malaysian women were caned for attempting to have lesbian sex in a car.Supporters of LGBTQ+ Chechens protest outside the Russian embassy in London, 2017.