— Gastaldi (@VictorCahat) May 29, 2017
After news of over a hundred men suspected of being gay have been abducted, tortured, and some killed in Chechnya, France has taken a large step in showing support for the LGBT community by accepting the first gay Chechen refugee.
French LGBT organization SOS Homophobie helped with the refugee’s application and provided testimony to get his application approved. They confirmed the refugee’s arrival and indicate that more refugees will continue to be accepted.
The Chechen refugee’s arrival coincided with Russian President Putin’s arrival in France, where President Macron made a point of discussing this particular topic as Russia continues to deny it is happening.
Nous avons évoqué le cas des personnes LGBT en Tchétchénie. J’ai très précisément indiqué au président Poutine les attentes de la France. pic.twitter.com/aWosf3Nw4t
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 29, 2017
This hopeful news comes a month after the US denied visas to Chechens fleeing persecution.