LGBT+ people, primarily gay and bi men, are being rounded up and kept in secret prisons, tortured, or even murdered by the government in Chechnya. The leaders reportedly set a target to eliminate all these people by May 26th, the start of Ramadan, however have denied these allegations, saying that if these people existed, they would have already been eliminated by their own families.
I want to help LGBT+ people escape Chechnya and seek refuge somewhere safer for them. Rainbow Railroad are already helping to do this, working with the Russian LGBT Network.
Expressing myself through my haircut and colours is a big part of my LGBT+ identity, and I've decided to shave it off in solidarity with those who can't express themselves safely. I have been wanting to cut it super short for a while as I wanted a change, but I also wanted it to mean something, and I wanted to take the opportunity to raise money for a cause I'm passionate about.
So, I will be going all out, and completely shaving it all off; I'm gonna use my clippers without a guard, so once it's done, my hair should be no longer than about 1mm. I will definitely share pics/videos on Facebook and Twitter (@kaiempage) because I will probably look ridiculous.
Not every LGBT+ person has the privilege to express themselves freely, and many must stay in the closet to survive. I want to help people get to a place they can truly be themselves. So please donate if you can, so you can help these people to safety, or just so you can see me bald.