Chechnya LGBT crisis

chechnya-rainbow-banner-1400Chechnya LGBT charity auction May 5-12By Dale Cameron LowryWhen the news started coming out of Chechnya about the organized police campaign of torture, imprisonment and murder being conducted against men perceived to be gay, it hit me hard.Growing up in the Netherlands just a few decades after World War II, I learned to dread authoritarianism and genocide — authoritarianism’s frequent offspring — early on in life. On school and family outings we visited houses with secret rooms where families had provided refuge to Jews as they sought to escape Occupied Europe. Every summer, we would drive through northern Germany to see my cousins, and my mom would announce the sites of former concentration camps we passed along the way.I felt compelled to do something about the situation in Chechnya — but what? How could I possibly help from the other side of the world?On April 14, I got an email that mentioned the Russian LGBT Network, the main organization working to help vulnerable Chechens get to safety. Things started to click into place in my head. I figured out how I could help.I started by setting aside some of the proceeds from my recently released anthology Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love for the Russian LGBT Network. Then I asked other writers if they could do something similar.Fantasy author Olivia Helling was one of the first to respond, and she also volunteered to organize a charity auction. Over the next week or so, the idea grew into an effort that now includes more than thirty writers, publishers, and other book people. We call ourselves Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens and, through royalties, other donations, and an online charity auction to be held May 5–12, we’re helping to make a difference.Authors, publishers, and other book people are:

  • setting aside royalties for the Russian LGBT Network
  • making direct donations to organizations helping vulnerable Chechens
  • contributing signed paperbacks, cover design and editing services, ebook collections, bespoke short stories, characters named after readers, and more to an online auction with proceeds to benefit theRussian LGBT Network, ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Railroad, which are helping LGBT Chechens escape to safety.

I’m also maintaining a newsfeed with updates about the situation in Chechnya and what charities are doing to help. You can check it out here.If you’re an author who would like to get involved, please sign up at Authors & Publishers for LGBT Chechens. There, you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the auction, royalty donations, the charitable organizations that are helping out LGBT Chechens, and more.If you are a reader who would like to learn more about the situation in Chechnya and how to help — including how to make a direct donation to a designated charity, buy a book from a participating author, or support the auction — please visit Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.———–Dale Cameron Lowry is a romance and speculative fiction writer living in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats. Queer Mormons, immigrants and emigrants, people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who spend their lives navigating multiple cultures often appear in Dale’s writing.

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Splinters of Glass – now available for pre-order!

Splinters of Glass is now available for pre-order on Amazon, going live on 3rd May 2017!

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“Tabula Rasa.” The words came from the other side of the white door. “She’s a blank slate. Everything has been completely wiped—like a newborn.”

“Is she dangerous?” The second voice was lower, clipped.

“I hardly think so,” answered the first voice, dismissively. “Not now, at any rate!” There was a short laugh. Then the door handle turned, and the woman lying on the white bed realised they were talking about her.

In Vera Loy’s second collection of science fiction stories, a woman wakes to discover she knows nothing– except how to kill; the latest version androids prove to be all too human; and humanity discovers that only women can explore deep space, and remain sane.

Splinters of Glass contains five short stories, each representing a different sci-fi sub-genre. Tabula Rasa (Spy-fi), Kate and Peter (Bardpunk), Immortality (Biopunk), To Boldly Go (Space Exploration), and Space Opera.

 

You can pre-order your copy here.

New anthology – Splinters of Glass

For the last few months, I’ve been working on a second collection of science fiction short stories.

Although the settings are different for each story, they share a common theme of strong female characters, smashing through that glass ceiling.

All five stories in this collection began life on Wattpad, as entries in various contests and challenges, exploring the diversity of the many sub-genres of science fiction.

I’m working toward a release date of 4th May 2017, so watch this space for more details, including a preview of my wonderful cover by E.J. Kellan.

Coming Soon! New Sci-Fi Anthology

Welcome to the advance notice for “Slivers of Glass.” I’m planning a second anthology of science fiction short stories, to be released shortly.

Just waiting on the cover and final editing.

Although the settings are different for each story, they share a common theme of strong female characters, smashing through that glass ceiling.

All the stories in this collection began life on Wattpad, as entries in various contests and challenges, exploring the diversity of the many sub-genres of science fiction.

“Kate and Peter”, is a Bardpunk story, based loosely on Shakespeare’s famous play, The Taming of the Shrew. You’ll find an example of Spy-Fi in “Tabula Rasa” and Space Exploration in “To Boldly Go.” I think “Immortality” and “Space Opera” will speak for themselves.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as well as perhaps expanding your knowledge of the many sub-genres of modern sci-fi.

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