Adult film impresario Michael Lucas has long used his fame as a platform to speak out about causes he holds near and dear, and as a Russia-born gay man it’s unsurprising that his next project is a full-length documentary that will raise more awareness for the atrocities being committed against LGBT people in his native country.
Lucas is raising funds to complete the film titled The Campaign of Evil: Russia and Gay Propaganda with a Kickstarter campaign. In a note posted on the page, he explains why this is a passion project for him.
Since growing up as a confused gay child in the former Soviet Union, it has been my dream to show the world a vision of what it is like to be a member of the LGBT community in my former homeland.
As most of the world moves forward toward gay equality, Russia is seemingly heading backward. Antigay sentiment and legislation are spreading rapidly throughout the country. Earlier this year, the Russian parliament passed a ban on so-called “gay propaganda” that effectively makes nearly any public discussion of gay equality a crime. The city of Moscow has outlawed Gay Pride parades for the next 100 years. Adoption of Russian children is forbidden to citizens of any foreign country that permits gay marriage. And legislation is now being considered that would permit the Russian government to remove gay people’s children from their homes. The Kremlin has chosen the LGBT community as its scapegoat in a populist campaign against supposedly decadent “Western” values, and there are ominous signs of much worse to come. Violent attacks against Russian gays or suspected gays are more and more common. Videos of young LGBT people being taunted and tortured have been widely distributed on the Internet.
Those are the stories that get the headlines, but there is much more to the Russian LGBT men and woman I have met. It is my hope that this documentary will educate viewers to their reality.
Donate to Lucas’ campaign to complete the documentary here.