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Who you love can be a matter of life and death. I experienced it myself. Will you support me in fighting this reality?

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Hi!

My name is Ali Feruz, I am a 31-years-old reporter and an activist. I’m also a gay man. 

It is impossible to live a queer, open life in Uzbekistan, my home country. In order to survive, you must be invisible.

When I moved to Russia, I wanted to live as openly as possible. I realised my dream of becoming a journalist with Novaya Gazeta, one of the few major independent media outlets operating in Russia. Reporting on the lives of migrants, forced laborers and other groups who are not accepted by Russian society, I got to know firsthand, how media makes a huge impact. 

After moving to Germany, I was cut off from my profession and the team at Novaya who had become like family to me. I felt depressed as hell. But I found a way to continue my work. I teamed up with reporters in post-Soviet countries to take a snapshot of LGBTQ life there.

I know the painful realities of discrimination from personal experience. I was beaten up and tortured. For being gay. For being a foreigner. For being a journalist. 

Our proud mission is to build a network of professionals who care about LGBTQ rights in a very personal way. We tell the stories of people invisible to their peers. Our aim is not to export the European tradition of tolerance. Rather, we are paving the way for post-Soviet states to make their own steps towards an inclusive society.

We need your help

Today, I’m asking you to join me in realising our vision. I have gathered a team of exceptional journalists who work in 13 different countries. Together, we form an independent network called Unit.

• We enable each other to develop professionally, connect to relevant sources and brainstorm what we will be working on in the future. And we want you involved.

• We are bringing together a group of journalists who provide a vital insight into the issues affecting the countries in which they work. 

How we fight for change

Together, we

• Work on articles to give voices to people who are not treated as human beings. 

• Empower local media by telling the stories that nobody dares to tell.

• Keep the world in the loop with articles in English. 

• Provide rigorous, researched journalistic articles to shine a light on the most pressing issues facing the most vulnerable groups. 

Whether you are gay or not, wherever you are from, I want to ask you personally to support our mission and become a member of Unit today. It will make the world of difference.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

Ali

FAQs

Where can I read Unit’s articles?

Here's our first article, telling the stories of 12 LGBTQ activists: in English, German and Russian.

Our second article about activists in exile is also available in English, German and Russian.

What will I get in return if I become a member of Unit?

As a member, you will be able to:

• Vote for the next topics Unit will work on. 

• See updates on our reporters’ work and share your thoughts. 

• Share your suggestions on the issues we should look into. 

• Receive bi-weekly emails from Ali Feruz regarding the issues the Unit team is working on.

We will provide all perks possible to every member, so that it won’t be tied to how much you are able to contribute. However, if you choose the most generous plan you will receive a gift from Unit’s team delivered to your mailbox every six months. Fancy!

Why do we need paying members?

Right now Unit’s team is working pro bono. To continue our operations, we desperately need a sustainable source of funding.

You need to reach the goal of at least €10,000 monthly. When is it possible?

As we gain enough traction, we anticipate it will take us at least a year. Meanwhile, we are looking for other sources of funding including grants, but our aim is to sustain the essential operations solely with our readers’ support.

Who’s behind Unit?

Right now, 12 journalists comprise the core team. They take part in bi-weekly teleconferences and shape what Unit will become. Over 40 journalists have either taken part in producing Unit's content or are eager to do so.

Our reporters work in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Tajikistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, USA and Germany. You can refer to the articles linked above and see the authors' names after each story.

Unit was established as part of n-ost, a border-crossing journalistic organization based in Berlin.

Where can I find out more about Ali’s story?

We didn't want to go into all the details here, as it's a long and at times traumatic story. But we can refer you to these articles by the Daily Beast or Open Democracy.

I would like to support Unit with a one-off donation. Is there a way to do this?

Sure, we have a PayPal page set up.

Where can I read more about Unit and stay in touch?

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter.

Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting us. It means the world.

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— You will be able to vote for the next topics Unit will work on.

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— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.
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— You will be able to vote for the next topics Unit will work on.

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— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.
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— You will be able to vote for the next topics Unit will work on.

— You will get updates on our reporters’ work and be able to share your thoughts.

— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.

— A gift from Unit’s team will be delivered to your mailbox every six months.
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— You will be able to vote for the next topics Unit will work on.

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— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.
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— You will get updates on our reporters’ work and be able to share your thoughts.

— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.
— You will be able to vote for the next topics Unit will work on.

— You will get updates on our reporters’ work and be able to share your thoughts.

— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.

— A gift from Unit’s team will be delivered to your mailbox every six months.
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— You will be able to vote for the next topics Unit will work on.

— You will get updates on our reporters’ work and be able to share your thoughts.

— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.
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— You will be able to vote for the next topics Unit will work on.

— You will get updates on our reporters’ work and be able to share your thoughts.

— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.
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— You will be able to vote for the next topics Unit will work on.

— You will get updates on our reporters’ work and be able to share your thoughts.

— Every other week Ali and the team will update you on the project’s progress and hear your thoughts.

— A gift from Unit’s team will be delivered to your mailbox every six months.
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