Russia declares anti-gay violence newest Olympic sport

A new powerful video produced by the Russia Freedom Fund and Athlete Ally depicts violence against a gay couple as the newest Olympic sport.

In the 2-minute video, titled ‘Russia Declares Discrimination Newest Olympic Sport’, released by the Fair Games Project, the happy and peaceful gay couple are seen embracing, before a gang of uniform-clad athletes viciously beat them in front of a cheering stadium full of onlookers.

The Russia Freedom Fund was launched late in 2013 in collaboration with ILGA-Europe and Russian LGBT activists. It aims to draw attention to issues faced by LGBT people in Russia, where the Sochi Winter Olympics is currently taking place.

Last year Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill banning the “promotion of non-traditional relationships” to minors, with fines of thousands of pounds and the threat of deportation for tourists found in violation of the law.

via Pink News

GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS! SHARE THIS VIDEO & HELP END DISCRIMINATION WORLDWIDE!

This video was created by THE FAIR GAMES PROJECT with funds raised independently via indiegogo.com. It is meant to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and a gesture of support for Athlete Ally, LGBT advocates in Russia, and the Russia Freedom Fund. Berserk was the sole entity behind the project’s creation.

THE RUSSIA FREEDOM FUND
http://www.uprisingoflove.org/donate – is a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBT movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 100% of all donations will be paid out as grants. This initiative responds to growing concerns about recent state-sponsored discrimination in Russia and expresses solidarity between the international LGBT community and allies, and the Russian LGBT movement.

www.fairgamesproject.com
www.russiafreedomfund.org
www.athleteally.org
www.pilotnyc.com

CREW
Director / Producer / Editor – Michael Rohrbaugh // www.michaelrohrbaugh.com // @MPRohrbaugh
Executive Producer / Producer – Chris Svoboda
Executive Producer – Louis Venezia – www.pilotnyc.com
Associate Producers – James Aries Wolcott, Adam Mutchler, and Hugo Rojas
Director of Photography – Dave Myrick
Music by – King avriel
Casting Director – Christopher Catalano and Ben Selle
Costume Designer – JJ Lewis
Production Designer – Jennifer Sacks
Hair – Maxine Christians
Make-up – Jose Calderon
Stunt Coordinator – Jared Burke
Graphics – Joel Pomonik
Colorist – Dan Moses
Sound Design – Kim Cates
Publicity – Savas Abadsidis

CAST
Chervine Namani
Johnathan Ahmadi
Brian Regal
Nigel McGuinness
Dominic Munafo
Ryan Gaines
Freddie Degrate
Mario Diaz
Alison Korman
Shelly Desai
James Parr

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Denise Pomonik
Mark Taylor
Brian Hegedus
Lance Sorenson at Hertz Rentals
Tony Blue at Paskal Lighting
Denny Caira
Jeff Berk
David Witz

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