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Ugly 'Sport' of Global Anti-Gay Oppression Highlighted in Powerful New PSA: VIDEO PREMIERE


The Russia Freedom Fund, Athlete Ally, and CoPilot have partnered with the Fair Games Project to release a powerful PSA that hopes to highlight LGBT oppression in Russia, Uganda, Belize, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the 76 nations around the world where being gay is still a crime.

P62Using the metaphor of a hooligan football team being honored for brutally beating a recently-engaged gay couple, the group hopes to raise awareness about violence inflicted on gays from unfriendly corners of the world.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

The  spot was written, directed, and co-produced by Michael Rohrbraugh and executive produced by Chris Svoboda. It features the track "Freedom" by King Avriel.


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  1. Compelling and brilliant. Let's spread this one far and wide.

    Posted by: Sergio | Feb 6, 2014 3:51:46 PM

  2. I can't recall if this other Canadian ad has already been posted to this site, but it also establishes the link between sport and diversity, albeit from an entirely different -- you could even say 'Canadian' -- perspective. Enjoy it at

    Posted by: Terry in Chelsea | Feb 6, 2014 4:37:15 PM

  3. Thank you, The Russia Freedom Fund, Athlete Ally, CoPilot and Fair Games Project!

    Posted by: HappyClam | Feb 6, 2014 5:04:40 PM

  4. This is one of the best videos I've seen that tells the story of what is really happening. Gays are being tortured, beat, killed—some cheer, officials watch and do nothing, and the guilty are rewarded… SHARE this video!!!

    Well done!

    Posted by: wayne | Feb 6, 2014 5:11:38 PM

  5. Powerful and disturbing.

    Posted by: jarago | Feb 6, 2014 6:19:36 PM

  6. Excellent! Do we have any guarantee that any money we donate to: Russiafreedom will actually go to helping LGBT people in Russia?

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 6, 2014 6:56:32 PM

  7. You can read the application for grants and criteria on the site, and the links they have below are all very much legitimate Russian organizations.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 6, 2014 7:16:14 PM

  8. Well isn't it too bad the Winter Olympics aren't being held in Denver or Lake Tahoe, so the world could boycott the U.S. In case you haven't noticed, over the past few years, crimes against humanity have been far worse perpetrated by America than Russia. (oh you know, niggling details our media tends to overlook, like causing the mass murder of tens of thousands of civilian Iraqi & Afghanis)

    Posted by: | Feb 7, 2014 3:30:40 PM

  9. Message: Please consider sending/posting a message of support for those in SOCHI 2014.
    Please click on the link below or paste the URL into your browser to view the ART postcard.

    Posted by: Stephen Mead | Feb 7, 2014 6:29:57 PM

  10. While many are watching the Sochi Olympics and not boycotting in principle, this is a powerful reminder that we must continue to give voice and support our LGBT Russian brothers and sisters.

    Posted by: Sam | Feb 9, 2014 3:01:43 PM

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