The White House has launched a “Pride Month Champions of Change” video challenge designed to spotlight the stories of LGBTs who are making a difference in their communities.
Said the Obama administration in a press release:
Across the country, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. They are parents and students, neighborhood and business leaders, artists and advocates, all united in the fight for equality.
We know that the American people are the source of some of the best ideas and most innovative solutions. That’s why the White House Champions of Change series spotlights everyday heroes who are demonstrating commitment to improving their own communities, their country, or the lives of their fellow citizens. And in that spirit, we are launching the LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge to explore the stories of unsung heroes and local leaders who are leading our march towards a more perfect union.
If that sounds like you or someone you know, then we want to hear from you — and we want to see you in action!
Participants have until Friday May 4 to submit their video entries online here.
A panel will then review the submissions and select semi-finalists. In June the public will have a chance to view the videos and help select the “champions of change” who will be featured at a White House event.
Videos will be accepted in any form (including music videos, PSAs, video blogs, short films and video interviews) but each video should be no more than three minutes long.
The videos should also fit into one of the following categories:
- Storytelling (stories of coming out or overcoming adversity).
- Culture & Identity (interesting intersections with race, national origin, religion, and disability).
- Unsung Heroes (individuals and organizations that haven’t been recognized for their contributions).
- The Arts (music, art, photography, poetry, and prose that inspire courage and acceptance).
- Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation (individuals and organizations that are testing new approaches and demonstrating results).
- Community Solutions (local initiatives that are solving local challenges).
- Friends & Allies (family members, teachers, faith leaders, and other allies in the fight for equality).
U.S. readers can find out more about the challenge, get a more detailed explanation of the rules, and submit their own videos here.