All Out, an organization mobilizing millions of people and their social networks to build a powerful global movement for love and equality, released a new short video as part of its campaign urging Russia to repeal its anti-gay propaganda ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The video imagines what it could be like for lesbian, gay, and bi Olympians during the winter games under Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law.
“Russia’s law makes it unclear whether public displays of affection, coming out on television by mentioning an athlete’s loved one, or even hugging your partner after winning the gold medal could result in fines or deportation,” Andre Banks All Out’s Executive Director and Co-Founder said. “Putin would like us to think gays and lesbians are welcome during the Olympics, but no one will feel safe and welcome while this law is in place.”
But it’s not too late. China made serious concessions ahead of Beijing to ensure the 2008 Olympic Games were consistent with international standards and Russia should not be exempt from doing the same. Russia must overturn the law before the Winter Olympics.
“It’s remarkably touching how many global professionals and All Out members have given their time and energy to create this video, which when shared with your family and friends will put the Russian anti-gay propaganda laws back into the world’s headlines,” said Mike Buonaiuto the films director and All Out’s Creative Lead.
In August, All Out members delivered more than 300,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee headquarters. Members urged the IOC to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay law ahead of the 2014 Winter Games.
All Out is asking people to support the project by sharing with their friends with the hashtag #LoveAlwaysWins