The White House launches LGBT video contest

Champions of Change challenge to spotlight people who have made positive impact

The White House launches LGBT video contest
09 April 2012

The White House on Monday (9 April) announced a new video contest aimed to shine a spotlight on ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

The LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge seeks the stories of parents and students, neighborhood and business leaders, artists and advocates who are engaged in the fight for equality.

'We know that the American people are the source of some of the best ideas and most innovative solutions,' The White House said in a statement.

Here is a LINK to the rules of the contest.

Entrants have until Friday, May 4 to submit video entries online.  A group of semifinalists will be selected by early June then the public will have a role in selecting the finalists who will attend an event at The White House.

President Barack Obama continues to express support of the LGBT community through programs such as these as well as through various other actions such as ending the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. He also asked the US Justice Department to stop defending the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Obama's reelection campaign on Monday also spoke out against a state ballot initiative in Minnesota that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

'While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,' Kristen Sosanie, spokeswoman for Obama's Minnesota campaign, said in a statement.

A similar statement was released last month by Obama's North Carolina campaign against a similar bill in that state.

Still, Obama continues to officially 'evolve' on the issue of same-sex marriage which he has yet to support.

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