A new video from the Russian Freedom Fund and Athlete Ally, published on YouTube yesterday, already has nearly 30,000 views.
Released by The Fair Games Project, the video, titled “Russia Declares Discrimination Newest Olympic Sport,” brings a viscerally violent connotation to LGBT discrimination across the world.
Opening brightly with a same-sex proposal between two men, the clip takes a sudden twist when the main characters find themselves the targets of a team of major macho athletes. The results: a tragic end.
The video seeks to raise awareness surrounding the treatment of individuals of the LGBT community in Russia, and thorughout the world, and is part of a campaign to raise one million dollars by the closing of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in order to support LGBT Russian activists.
“Gay rights are human rights,” the video’s description notes on the YouTube account of Michael Rohrbaugh. “Share this video and help end discrimination worldwide!”
Check out the Russia Freedom Fund website for more information about how to support the Russian queer community.