White House Launches Pride Month Video Challenge


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.

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Nancy Crouse
Nancy Crouse5 years ago

Hey Lois! When was the last time you really read the Bible and did not have someone tell you what it says? All of the Bible passages that you homophobes refer to are taken so out of context that the myopic Bible thumpers pound it into the heads of illiterate and thoughtless people like yourself.
As a theologian I can safely say nowhere does it say in the Bible that homosexcuality is a sin. Homosexuality is NOT a lifestyle it is an orientation, biological determination like someone with blue eyes and not brown. Homosexuality runs in not just the human species but all other species of beings on this Earth of ours. It is not a sin or mistake. If it were you would be insulting God by saying the Creator does not know what they are doing, they made a mistake. God does not make mistakes!
Chew on that one for a while and see if you can actually think this one out for yourself. You might be amazed at how the blinders will fall from your face and you will see the world around you all by yourself!

Suze O.
Suze Q5 years ago

Thank you Daryll G. These comments are very indicative of those who support this off-key administration and the wierdos in it.

Darryll Green
Darryll Green5 years ago

by the number of comments this doesn't appear to be a popular cause, just another reason conservitives just might vote republican this november and another reason i might to

Christopher C.
Chris C5 years ago

Lois E...God put us here for "crowd control"...people like the Duggars are doing a fine job birthin them babies and over-replenishing the earth's stock of human beings.

Lois E.
Lois E5 years ago

I cannot support the homosexual lifestyle, because the holy word of God; the Bible, tells us that it is "an enormous sin', Therefore, all who support this lifestyle are not supporting what is right; one man, and one woman marriage.

Christopher C.
Chris C5 years ago

Michelle H...I feel sorry for that man your with. Must be awful living with a 24/7 "witch"!

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher5 years ago

Well done BO! Long live Gays!

Nadine Hudak
Nadine H5 years ago


Michele H.
Michele H5 years ago

Wendy J, you are an IDIOT

Anita Wischhusen
Anita Wisch5 years ago