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Stunning, Emotional Video Presses the IOC to Condemn Anti-Gay Discrimination in Russia: VIDEO


In late October we published a behind-the-scenes teaser for a new film being released by the activist group AllOut to raise awareness about Russia's anti-gay laws and shine a light on the pain that discrimination against LGBT causes athletes.

2_alloutThe clip, which is part of their new #LoveAlwaysWins campaign is out today, and it's amazing.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

It's directed by Mike Buonaiuto, who directed the "Invisible Parents" campaign for AllOut about the inequality of gay families, as well as "Homecoming", the touching independent short film from the UK's Coalition for Equal Marriage about a gay military homecoming.

The new clip is shot by Leighton Cox and stars Costa Rican actress Silvia Baltodano and English actress Kate Hollowood.

Said Andre Banks, All Out’s Executive Director and Co-Founder:

"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. 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. 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.”

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I like the advert.

    But I think the focus is misguided.

    The true horror of the law is being felt by ordinary LGBT Russian people - NOT by privileged Olympic athletes.

    The fascist laws do not and will not affect Olympic athletes.

    It effects millions of ordinary Russians.

    ANY Olympic athlete that competes in Sochi without loudly and vocally condemning Russia's laws is a collaborator with fascism.

    I genuinely don't care whether they have spent their lives training. Their ability to win a medal for being good at a sport that no-one watches pales into utter irrelevance compared with the human rights abuses being inflicted on gay Russians by the Putin dictatorship.

    Posted by: MaryM | Nov 5, 2013 8:46:37 AM

  2. Beautifully made ad, but the fascist terrorists in IOC won't listen. Just yesterday the pro-Putin gang attacked private LGBT meeting, one man is now left half-blind, the other girl is seriously injured. This is Olympic values???

    Posted by: litper | Nov 5, 2013 9:44:13 AM

  3. This is good

    Posted by: reality | Nov 5, 2013 6:46:00 PM

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