In Chechnya — a federal subject of Russia — gay and bisexual men have been hunted down, rounded up, and continue to be illegally detained in prison. Many have been tortured and at least three men have been murdered. In response to these horrors, MTV is encouraging people to keep their #EyesOnChechnya.
On July 12 MTV tweeted a video with artists and celebrities, including Tituss Burgess of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Jussie Smollett of Empire, educating its followers on the situation and putting pressure on the White House to do something about it.
— MTV (@MTV) July 12, 2017
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) July 16, 2017
“This is an important initiative because respect of the human life is crucial to me,” said Bruno. “I’m always going to speak out against the injustice of humans whether it’s the unjust killings here in America or of gay people in a far away land. This planet is for us and I’ll speak up to anything that’s against us.”
The music network also launched Chechnya.mtv.com. The site contains resources on how to take action. It also directs readers to a petition with the Human Rights Campaign, which asks people to urge President Donald Trump to join other world leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in making it clear to Russia that lawless detentions, torture and murders of LGBTQ people are unacceptable.