White House Seeks LGBT Champions

For Pride Month this year, the Obama White House has announced a video/essay competition to honor selected LGBT Champions of Change, defined as “everyday heros who are demonstrating commitment to improving their own communities, their country, or the lives of their fellow citizens.”

“And in that spirit,” the announcement says, “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.”  Videos no longer than 3 minutes will be accepted in any form (music video, public service announcement, short film, video blog, or interview); if you can’t do a video you can send an essay no longer than 750 words.  Submissions should fit one or more of the following categories:

  • Storytelling (stories of coming out or overcoming adversity)
  • Culture and 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 and innovation (individuals and organizations that are testing new approaches and demonstrating results)
  • Community solutions (local initiatives that are solving local challenges)
  • Friends and allies (family members, teachers, faith leaders, and other allies in the fight for equality)

Entries must be submitted by Friday, May 4, 2012.  More information and the link to submit something is available here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/09/announcing-lgbt-pride-month-champions-change-video-challenge

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