WATCH: Emotionally-Charged PSA Illustrates Violence Against Gays in Russia

With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, social media strategists Kevin Dolan and Joe Babarsky have teamed with a group of LGBT activists to raise awareness of Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws.

(We Are) #GayPropaganda seeks to reclaim the term “gay propaganda” by using it to unite people in the international gay community and provide education, support, and empowerment to LGBT people and their allies.

They just released an emotionally-charged PSA calling for people to “Be the antidote to hate. Join the movement.” Supporters are being asked to use the hashtag #GayPropaganda to help spread the word and show a sign of solidarity for those suffering under Russian’s homophobic laws.

Clay Pruitt, a member of the group and a producer of the video, spoke to Queerty about the clip.

“With this PSA, and the other two in the series, we hope to educate by putting a human face on the atrocities that LGBT people are facing,” Pruett said. He added the group also wants to “support those individuals by showing that we are paying attention and empower the LGBT community and its allies to use #GayPropaganda as a tool to unify our voices across social platforms in opposition to such treatment.”

See the moving video below.

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  • fagburn

    Anyone have any idea what this video means?
    It’s like a bad perfume ad.
    But uh-oh here comes the sad music!!!
    *sad face*
    I love emotional appeals, means I don’t have to think.

  • MikeE

    @fagburn: wow! you’re not just self-loathing and hateful to others, you’re actually stupid as well? Did you watch the video? or just decide to post another one of your inane attempts at a putdown?

    Sad. Really, very sad you are.

  • Stache1

    This is great way to get peoples attention. It’s one thing to hear about it but people need to see the inhumanity of what’s going on over there.

  • Cam


    Look, you have been on nearly every posting about the Olympics freaking out and screaming against the boycott. Of COURSE you would hate this video.

    Still waiting to hear any valid reason from you. I love your “Boycotts don’t work” mantra……

    You know, especially since Enders Game has been out for almost a month and hasn’t even made half of what it cost to film, to say nothing of the tens of millions in PR.

    But you just keep on screaming and lying if that’s what it takes to get you through your day.

  • AuntieChrist

    I was expecting something more intense…I may be wrong but my daddy always said people are like mules, you gotta hit em with a 2×4 to get their attention…Should I slap my husband if he starts watching the Olympics on telly? Am I a traitor if I DVR the Olympics? I would love to see this on network TV.

  • Cam


    Hmm, instead of slapping your husband, perhaps you could suggest something more fun to do. Unless of course slapping him is how you start that up. lol

  • 2eo

    @2eo: Can you believe this piece of s]-[it has the audacity to pretend to be behind Chelsea Manning [also note he’s removed the post where he calls her a “shema1e” and demands his execution.

    He also hilariously posits links to Snopes and other sites he regularly ignores to post right wing anti gay drivel.

    Not to mention why he lost his job in 2010 for slagging off a gay Israeli couple over the loudspeakers of the club he was DJ’ing at during Brighton Pride.

  • AuntieChrist

    Am I the only one who hates Huff Post Gay Voices? Those b**ches won’t let you say anything over there. All my comments get deleted or moderated. I am sure glad that I found Queerty and you guys. Not fagburn I hate that B**ch. and that jimbryant, what’s her damage? Anyway I love reading your posts. Thanks…. Auntie.

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