Human-rights campaigners continue to show the world that Russia is an unsafe place for LGBT people.
A new YouTube video by director/producer/editor Michael Rohrbaugh -- whose day job is creating on-air promos for The Style Network -- is a PSA (public service announcement) for the Russian Freedom Fund via the Uprising of Love cause. It had more than 350,000 views by Feb. 10, 2014.
The video shows a happy gay couple holding hands in a stadium, then being attacked by a thundering herd of soccer players as the crowd cheers. Judges then "score" the bullies, and the Russians win the gold medal for homophobia.
But Russia is not the only nation condemned in the video. Belize, Uganda, Iran and Saudi Arabia are also cited for their anti-gay laws and harsh punishments.
Rohrbaugh points out that gay rights are human rights, echoing then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her historic a speech to the United Nations human rights body.
The fund, according to Rohrbaugh, "is a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBT movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 100% of all donations will be paid out as grants. This initiative responds to growing concerns about recent state-sponsored discrimination in Russia and expresses solidarity between the international LGBT community and allies, and the Russian LGBT movement."
Rohrbaugh urges likeminded folks to share the video and help end discrimination worldwide.