Nearly a year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors” even though homosexuality had been decriminalized in 1993. Essentially, LGBT Russian’s can no longer live honestly and openly without fear of fines and possible jail time.
International rights groups have described the current situation as the worst human rights climate in the post-Soviet era, while Russian historian, and human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva called the anti-propaganda law “a step toward the Middle Ages.” Britain’s Channel 4 produced a documentary, Hunted, about life for LGBT people under the new law, showing how it legitimized vigilante groups who hunt and abuse LGBT people, especially young gay men, in “a wave of terror.” Since the law was enacted, Russian LGBT people seeking asylum in the U.S. has spiked fourfold. In addition to activists, leaders of foreign governments have condemned the law, as have 27 Nobel Prize winners from the fields of science and the arts.
The It Gets Better Project started a campaign directed at the LGBT community of Russia entitled You Are Beautiful. Through this campaign supporters from around the globe can upload videos of support which will be translated into Russian. The mission is to let LGBT Russians know that the world is filled with people who support them. Uniting in the message – you are beautiful, you are worthy of love and support, and we wish you the strength to get through any difficult times ahead.
With the help of over 160 generous donors, we were able to produce a music video adding our voice of support to the You Are Beautiful campaign. In collaboration with Chicago Director Jason Knade, Lucas Segovia & Graham Maverick of the Joffrey Ballet, we created this music video featuring music by Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory. To the youth of the world… no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation or geography you are beautiful in our eyes!
May 30, 2014 | Post by: Dan Gardiner Comments Off on You Are Beautiful Music Video