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White House Picks Finalists For “Champions Of Change” Pride Video Challenge

Earlier this year, the White House Office of Public Engagement (OPE) launched a Pride month “Champions of Change” video challenge,  inviting members of the public to submit videos about unsung heroes making an impact in their local gay community.

Today, they’ve revealed the six finalists, and below we’ve included three of our personal faves. You can visit the OPE site to view all six videos and vote for your favorite. Voting is open until midnight on Monday, June 25.

Speaking of Pride images and voting, its not to late to enter GayCities’ Pride Photo Challenge! Just submit your favorite Pride pics for a chance to win a free dream vacation, courtesy of JetBlue and Kimpton Hotels. The contest ends July 2, so don’t delay!


The Military Acceptance Project highlights the bravery, sacrifices and contributions of gay, lesbian and bisexual service members past, present and future.


George Stewart, 80, is a volunteer and participant at the Harlem program of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and at the SAGE Senior Center.


As Training Director and OUTLoud Program Director of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program in Washington State, Heather Carter is changing the way we think and deal with high suicide-risk LGBT youth.

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    • 1equalityUSA

      Thank you, Queerty, for these film clips. The military personnel made my eyes water. I just cannot belive these men and women were discriminated against for so long. What a National disgrace! To think that numb-nuts-Romney would want Don’t Ask Don’t Tell reinstated is insulting.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • austinwondo

      This is AMAZING! The two handsome guys in the thumbnail for the Gay and Lesbian Servicemembers & Military Acceptance Project are two guys that I had the pleasure of meeting a year ago. So bravo, so moving, so honest. Thank you for your service to our country. You deserve every of respect, support and protection as any other servicemember…equality for all. Love.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason

      I don’t want Champions for Change, I want legislative change. Why isn’t Obama issuing an executive order enacting ENDA? He just issued one giving legal status to illegal immigrants.

      Obama cares more about illegal immigrants than about gay Americans.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Misty

      @jason: Stop trolling your BS

      Jun 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      @jason: Why don’t you go spend the summer in Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage and come back and explain why there are so many older white obscenely rich gay guys out there that don’t give a shit about ENDA or marriage equality and will be voting for Willard Romney in the November elections.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 12:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason


      I care more about Obama’s hypocrisy and failure to enact ENDA than anything else. He ought to enact it if he’s going to have any credibility as our advocate.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 7:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      @jason: “Our advocate”, really? And Willard Romney is going to be “our advocate” when it comes to supreme court nominees if he is elected POTUS? Go back to watching School House Rock videos and come back after you have learned something about government and politics. ‘Our advocate’, it’s all so simple to the simple minded.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1equalityUSA

      Strap-the-family-dog-to-the-roof-of-the-car (until he blows diarrhea and vomits) pin-a-gay-kid-down-with-the-help-of-cruel-friends-and-chop-his-hair-off-with-scissors-Romney wants to reinstate DADT. How can he even go there? Romney signed the NOM pledge. How could he conceivably sign something so heinous and expect to gain respect. GOP deathwatch is happening before our twitching eyes.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Christina

      Thanks Queerty for putting George Stewart up there. All the things he went through in the military (back in the 50’s) and his life makes him a Champion to us!

      Jun 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • arcade fireman

      George is awesome! He got my vote (even if the gay military guys are cute)

      Jun 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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