In an example of wearable protest and solidarity, New York City-based artist Paul Tuller has created a t-shirt to support victims of the anti-gay purge being perpetrated by the Chechen government.
"Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov's spokesman Alvi Karmimov denied that queer people exited in Chechnya when he was questioned about the systematic persecution being committed against the LGBTQ community," Tuller's website says. "The Russian LGBTQ Network is stepping up their efforts to evacuate and protect the queer community in Chechnya."
Weeks ago the news broke that Chechnya's government was rounding up gay men and sending them off to be tortured and even killed. Now the entire world has turned their eyes toward the atrocities taking place in the Russian region demanding action be taken to stop these hate crimes.
All proceeds from the t-shirts will be donated to the Russian LGBTQ Network, which has reportedly helped 40 gay men escape Chechnya. "I knew that I wanted to make a substantial contribution," Tuller told Cool Hunting, "Seeing activism with direct results is uplifting and I want to do whatever is possible to support their efforts in relocating queer people in danger." You can order Tuller's Chechnya t-shirt here.