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WATCH: Viral Video On Struggles Gay Parents Face In Europe

Launching today as part of the UK’s National Adoption Week, the #InvisibleParents online short film is the first of its kind to use Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness of the alarming inequalities facing gay parents throughout Europe.

It is a joint project from LGBT organization All Out and producer Mike Buonaiuto, the award-winning director of the Homecoming marriage equality video commissioned by the Coalition for Equal Marriage. The film is also supported by European Parliament member, Michael Cashman.

“EU member states pride themselves on integration, but their governments still fail to resolve the legal hurdles keeping same-sex families from full recognition across borders,” says Andre Banks, Executive Director of All Out. All Out is running an online campaign alongside the film, calling on the European Commission to address the situation.

“Gay and lesbian parents can often find themselves legally invisible in a large percentage of the continent, putting their entire family in a very vulnerable situation especially with regard to healthcare, holidays or family legal systems,” Cashman added. “The #InvisibleParents film argues that all children should be treated with legal equality regardless of the sexual orientation of their parents. It is a brilliant way to allow people to connect with these very real issues and then do something about it.”