White House Shows Its Pride

Submit your video and you could be invited to Washington D.C.

Illustration by G Philly

With gay marriage up for debate and the year of a new presidential election – not to mention the upcoming summer of Pride – it’s a good time to have your say. That’s why the White House (yes, that White House) is looking for a few good videos about what it means to be LGBT in America. In hopes of highlighting some of the extraordinary things regular people are doing around the country for equality, the White House Champions of Change series is spotlighting LGBT heroes just in time for Pride month in June.

Here’s how it works:

You have until Friday, May 4th to submit video entries online.

A panel will review submissions and select a group of semi-finalists.

Then, in early June, the public will have a chance to weigh in and help identify finalists that will be featured as Champions of Change during a special event at the White House.

Each video should fit one or more of the following categories:

Storytelling (stories of coming out or overcoming adversity)

Culture & Identity (interesting intersections with race, national origin, religion and disability)

Unsung Heroes (individuals and organizations that haven’t been recognized for their contributions)

The Arts (music, art, photography, poetry and prose that inspire courage and acceptance)

Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation (individuals and organizations that are testing new approaches and demonstrating results)

Community Solutions (local initiatives that are solving local challenges)

Friends & Allies (family members, teachers, faith leaders and other allies in the fight for equality)

Videos will be accepted in any form (including music video, PSA, short film, video blog and interview) but must be no longer than three minutes. Essays (no longer than 750 words) will also be accepted. Submissions should be creative, innovative and inspiring.

Click here to get started!