April 28, 2017 at 1:26 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Log Cabin president, U.N. officials discuss Chechnya

Gregory T. Angelo, gay news, Washington Blade, Log Cabin Republicans, Republican Party

Log Cabin Republican President Gregory T. Angelo on April 27, 2017, met with representatives of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations to discuss the arrests of gay men in Chechnya. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The president of Log Cabin Republicans on Thursday met with representatives of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations to discuss the arrest of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya.

Gregory T. Angelo told the Washington Blade he met with Senior Policy Advisor Kelly Razzouk in New York. He said he also “had the opportunity to briefly meet with” Stefanie Amadeo, who is the deputy U.S. representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council.

“We discussed a range of topics, including work Log Cabin Republicans done to encourage GOP elected officials in Congress to speak out against the reported atrocities in Chechnya, as well as ways the private sector might assist in this human rights crisis,” said Angelo.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley and Vitit Muntarbhorn, who is the first-ever U.N. LGBT rights watchdog, are among those who have publicly condemned the arrests and reported torture and killings of gay men in the semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucuses. OutRight Action International has urged British Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell — three oil companies that have made significant investments with state-owned Russian oil and gas companies — to comment.

“We should use our voice on the global stage to call attention to these horrifying acts and to ensure that they are condemned in an appropriate way, ultimately in the hopes that they will be stopped,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday during a speech on the U.S. Senate floor.

U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) are among the 50 members of Congress who urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is the former CEO of ExxonMobil, to criticize the arrests in a letter they sent to him earlier this month.

Tillerson — who met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other Kremlin officials in Moscow on April 12 — and President Trump have yet to publicly comment. The State Department a few days earlier said it is “increasingly concerned” over the arrests.

A reporter from Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper that broke the story, has gone into hiding after she received death threats. Chechen and Russian officials continue to dismiss the arrests and the growing international outrage over them.

“This is not my field,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric on Thursday during an interview in which she was asked about the reports.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • Who cares if some queen heading LCR speaks to the U.N? Trump’s continued silence on this issue is a disgrace! It’s a failure in leadership and shows he lied about caring about protecting the lives of GLBT people!

    Since the head of Chechnya is one of Putin’s allies, Trump pretends nothing is happening and looks away!

    Obama and Kerry would have been on this from day one! Don’t buy into the lies of the Trump administration and the GLBT tools that support it!

    • religious groups are in on this too, evil, religion is evil.

      • Now just a minute, what religion are you speaking of??!! It better not start with an “I” and end with a “m”.

        Are you some greasy, racist, hate mongering begins with”I”, ends with “m” ophobe???

        • what part of “religious groups” did you not understand? by that i meant ALL who are against people who are gay, sexuality is as natural, most people who are religious are not knowledgeable about the things that are within their environment, religion is opinionistic and foolish, not only that, most people don’t even abide by it and tend to ignore important parts in their religious books by not judging people let alone kill innocent people over their sexuality, it’s sickening, anyone whos religious are delusional people with a mental problem who doubt themselves and their own freedom on how to live their own lives normally like other people.

          • OH Okay thanks for the clarification. I’m sure you’ll agree that Pat Robertson is a crazy old coot and that true Islam teaches love and peace.

          • wrong, read what i said and understand, i grew up from christianity and i know how messed up it is, all religion is twisted, no rights should be given to such. we are humans, we’re smart enough to know whats healthy and whats necessary, if there was a “god” taking care of any issues why have people been suffering for decades? what being are you stupidly speaking of thats not doing a damn thing to take authority and rid the world of every issue you/he/she/it thinks is wrong? i hope one day religion is wiped off the face of the earth cause the that needs to stop it’s poisoning people making them become less of themselves, either you be strong, gain knowledge, be healthy and do whats necessary or stay being a weak delusional fool like a thief whos too lazy to work and help themselves. the world is not perfect, we all go through struggles but it doesn’t mean you should give up on yourself, there are many ways to relieve yourself in your life, theres no possibility of a god doing that, cause by the end of the day you are the one whos in control 24/7, it’s called freewill.

    • I saw this video of this English group “Gays Against Sharia” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PMNbzgyqkvI

      Maybe you and your fellow leftoid loons can chant at your next rally “HEY HEY, HO HO, HOMO/ISLAMO/SHARIA PHOBIA HAS GOT TO GO!!!

  • I don’t care who speaks up against Islamic Terrorism against minorities at least as long as someone does. History of Spreading Islam:


    Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant.
    The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

    Omar Ahmad, Co-Founder,
    Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

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