Human rights - the basic rights and freedoms that belong to all of us, from birth until death.
I believe you are surprized by the name of the campaign and the first sentence of the story, and let me tell you the whole story of a guy that was denied existance by it's own country, people, relatives and government.
I was born as a gay person, but people over here think it's a disease that should be medicaly treated or such people should be disposed or treated as not humans. Our president said that Russia doesn't have any "lgbtqi" problems - but that is so far from being a truth. And now with the new laws by Yarovaya deputy that breaks the constitution articles 17,21,22,23,24,25,29,49 of Russian Federation, and laws about gay propaganda people comit suicide, try to escape as refugees or go to jail for the social network reposts or "like" actions.
That basicaly makes every minority being under the "big boss" eye.
I myself got through different kinds of intolerance: insults, hatespeech, was fired for being gay twice, mocked, was beaten multiple times for being not the same as those xenophobe people, while these actions against me were performed not only by random people but also by law enforcement officials and other governmental employees.
I had to start over and over again trying to escape this kind of situations for years. I've changed multiple cities, small and big, but wasn't succeded with my search for a home, where I could be who I am and be treeted for my actions not for my orientation or personal thoughts.
That has greatly affected my moral strength and I am very close to a life crisis of denying myself as a person.
You are asking why I dont just go as a refugee? I don't want to claim any benefits or handouts, as I don't want people taxes be given to me and they would hate me for that.
I am able to produce intellectual goods, I have 8 years and counting of ICT experience, but that is not enough to get a job while you are overseas. Most of the companies state they need people to be "in country" for an interview, some of them clearly states they need people with all documents ready and be visa-holders.
So even my experience and loyalty and professional skills are not enough to get out of this hellish place.
Then I found that New Zealand is in seek of skilled migrants, all I need is to have a qualification. But to get it I need to take one-year graduate diploma level 7 course, which is minal requirement, as I was told by education immigration council. And that is a good and viable idea, and I know that I can finish the course based on my work related experience. The only problem is sanctions, our government and high taxes. There is no way I could get this sum of money in any time, as year-to-year inflation grows, taxes are growing and we have to pay more. Currency rates are also growing due to sanctions and inflation in our country. Loans are not the option, as I tried multiple times to get such sum of money to no avail.
I'm trying to reach out for some help, support and understanding of my situation. I understand there are other cases and campaigns that have more rights to be funded, but this is also a question of having a life, being who you are, being not afraid of yourself, having a partner, home, children, pay taxes, have a job, have friends have the essence of human life after all.
Any funds I acquire would be used to speed up the campaign process, be them an extra, my property being sold or earned on main job and freelance projects I run.
The last question: why my parents or relatives wouldn't help me?
My dad had ceased all relationships with me due to me being gay, all of the relatives from my dad's side are doing the same.
My mom is trying to support me and is in the process of finding a buyer for our flat, but due to economical problems in Russia this could take lots of time, as we trying to sell it since 2016.
I have no other relatives and my friends found themselves either in the same situation, or do not understand me at all, due to that they are comfortable to live a life of closeted people, with no feelings or emotions. My ex even changed his voice when in public, so nobody would assume he is gay.
This campaign could change one person life, and I'm providing people with information how to get off of this nightmare, most of them have their hands down and don't want to do anything, but I want.
And I know that I can do that.
My education should start at November 2018, the institution gave me a 25% discount for tuition fee, but that the only thing they could do.
Any help would be appreciated greatly, and I would try to change others people lives, even if this campaign would not succeed. I'm updating verbal information about laws and ways to escape for other people who are in need. I'm talking to those who are lost and have no idea what to do. I provide as much help, as I can right now. All I ask is to give me a helping hand, as I'm really frightened for myself and my future life.
I'm providing you with calculations that I have with the total amount of money with some extra to correct the currency exchange rate overtime.
This calculations are based on requirements from NZ Immigration office website, cost of living sites and Google Tickets website and Pearson Test website.
PTE-A Turkey and Visa Fees are what I can cover right now, with round-trip to Istanbul test center (lowest price and closest to my place), 2nights stay in Istanbul hostel, coming over -> finding the adequate path to reach the Test Center -> make final preparations before the exam day -> take the exam -> wait for one extra night in Istanbul -> Get on cheapest flight next morning to get back to Krasnodar, Russia.
Salary: 34500RUB per month.
Total sum that is needed to escape the country: 32000$NZ
Savings, friends help, mom help: 25000$NZ
Name of the Institution: Aspire2International;
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand;
Intake: 19th of November 2018;