Gay man tortured during 2017 crackdown in Chechnya reveals his identity

TORONTO, July 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – In 2017, Amin Dzhabrailov was being held in a torture facility somewhere in Chechnya, unsure if he would ever make it out alive. Now, after escaping with the help of Rainbow Railroad, Dzhabrailov has bravely gone public with his story, in a Timearticle entitled “A Victim of the Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya Speaks Out: ‘The Truth Exists.'”

Very few of those who survived the 2017 crackdown against gay men in Chechnya have dared speak out with their name and face attached. Many live in fear that, even safe in a new country, Chechen authorities will hunt them down. “I hope this helps save lives,” Dzhabrailov, who now lives in Toronto, says about speaking to Time. “There are so many people in Chechnya still so scared to talk about what happened to them.

Family-Friendly Activities Dominate Sunday At Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

Wizard WorldPhoto credit: D Abruzzese Jr.Kid’s face painting at Wizard World.TORONTO – Kids take center stage on Sunday, April 15, at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con with activities specially designed for youngsters taking place through out the day. Families will be able to enjoy activities such as Build a Bear featuring Mascot Bearemy; face painting, the impossibly cute Kid’s Costume Contest; Star Wars Kids: Power Hour, and Toronto Mediatheque Animation Workshop.Build a Bear, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Mascot Bearemy will be onsite to take photos with kids. Build a Bear will be handing out colouring pages and activity sheets and the final works will be placed in a very cool display.Face Painting, noon – 6 p.m. – Children will enjoy face painting throughout the day.Kid’s Costume Contest, 1 – 1:45 p.m., Children ages 10 and under can participate in this special event with fun prizes just for families and the youngsters.Star Wars Kids: Power Hour, 2 – 2:45 p.m. – It’s never too early to experience Star Wars. Bring the whole family for this special activity session featuring Star Wars-themed games, crafts and activities for children ages 3 to 10.Animation Domination, 4 – 6 p.m. – The National Film Board of Canada invites you to explore the process of animation with this special animation workshop designed for children ages 3 to13. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own original short film that they can keep!

Fan Groups To Attend Toronto Comic Con

Wizard WorldNEW YORK – Cosplay groups supporting their favorite movie and TV franchises, podcasts and radio shows, comics events and roller derby athletes are among the more than 20 organizations scheduled to attend Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). The appearance of fan-friendly groups like the 501st Vaders Fist, N.Y. Jedi, Ontario Ghostbusters, Toronto Steampunk Society and many more is a staple of Wizard World events, greatly enhancing the atmosphere and involving attendees in photos, interviews and more.Groups Toronto Comic Con-goers can meet next month include:501st Vader’s Fist, which since 1997 spread the magic of the Star Wars genre worldwide through its authentic-looking costumes, and has become the leading force in fan-based charity events. The 501st, also known as “Vader’s Fist,” is truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less-fortunate. www.501st.com. ActionFigureNews.ca, premier community for Canadian Action Figure Collectors to share news, toy sightings and discuss everything collectible toy related online.

‘Quantum Leap,’ Evening Parties Highlight Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming

Via press releaseTORONTO  – Interactive sessions with “Quantum Leap” headliners Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, the “Being Human” trio of Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath and stars like Jeri Ryan, Paul Wesley, WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® and Amy Acker, evening parties, movie screenings, comics sessions and more highlight the special programming offerings at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  The two days are packed with fun, informative panels which span the world of pop culture from movies to comics to television and more.Some of the top sessions include:A “Quantum Leap” reunion, with stars Bakula and Stockwell sharing stories about the award-winning sci-fi series. Witwer, Huntington and Rath show their human sides in discussing the hit Syfy series which already has a huge cult following Q&A and unique meet-and-greet opportunity with Ryan, “Seven of Nine” on “Star Trek: Voyager” and standout character actress in “Boston Public” and “Body of Proof” WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® won’t throw any chairs – we don’t think – but fans will want to grab one for this larger-than-life superstar’s panelAcker, Paul Wesley, Colin Ferguson and Sean Maher dish on their respective careers and roles Informative, interactive sessions with superstar artists including Michael Golden, Dave Ross, Mike Deodato Jr., John McCrea, Ken Lashley, Francis Manapul, Dale Keown, Greg Horn and othersScreening of the groundbreaking 1984 film THE LAST STARFIGHTER, hosted by stars Catherine Mary Stewart and Lance Guest Portfolio reviews by Glass House Graphics CEO David Campiti and his professional team, looking for the next big star artists Party time… including Wizard World Toronto Drink And Draw, hosted by artist Tommy Castillo, and the Official After Party (locations TBD) The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes Unless noted, Toronto Comic Con programming will take place in the designated panel rooms at the MTCC, and is included with admission to the event.  The Jeri Ryan Meet and Greet requires a separate ticket purchase.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels.The full schedule is at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/programming-toronto.html. Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworldcomiccon.com.