PAINT - Introduction (Europe)Because we believe story-telling is the perfect way to give visibility to any given cause, we are proud and excited to introduce PAINT: a unique mini-series that gives a platform for LGBT+ people to share their stories and experiences.
We hope to communicate a message of love, respect, and empathy, and show that we should be united in diversity.
Over the past year, we've been fortunate to travel and meet with LGBT+ people from all over Europe, and have yet to interview many more.
Because every story is unique, and every story matters.
Gay Stars at Cannes Film Festival?Est-ce risqué d'être ouvertement homosexuel quand on est acteur? Rendez-vous au Festival de Cannes pour répondre à cette question! 🎬
Is it risky to be an openly gay actor? We went down to the Cannes Film Festival to ask the professionals themselves! 🎬
EPISODE 29 - Mister Gay Hungary (Budapest, Hungary)As Mister Gay Hungary 2018, Oliver doesn't want to be seen as just "a pretty face". He hopes to use his platform to push for more rights and acceptance for LGBTQ people in Hungary.
EPISODE 28 - Being Deaf and GayStudies show that roughly 10% of the deaf population is also gay. Lucas explains the social rejection that came with being both, and how he managed to embrace who he is.
Episode 27 - Lesbian in BulgariaIn Bulgaria, gay and lesbian people are told not to demonstrate or discuss their sexuality, whether privately or publicly. But for Kristina, being open and visible is the first step to changing mentalities.
Bilal Hassani: Eurovision et HomophobieÀ deux jours de la finale de l'Eurovision, nous sommes allés demander aux français ce qu'ils pensaient du représentant de la France, Bilal Hassani.
EPISODE 26 - Gay Jehovah WitnessBlaise had to choose between living his life as a gay man, or staying loyal to Jehovah's Witnesses. His decision made him lose everyone he knew, including his mother
EPISODE 25 - Greek Coming OutWhen Pantos came out to his mother, she immediately took him to see a priest. Because growing up in a religious community, she was taught being gay meant going to hell.
EPISODE 24 - Being Gay in Poland (Warsaw, Poland)In Poland, roughly 50% of the population does not believe that homosexuality is normal. As an openly gay man living in Warsaw, Tom Shay'an is reminded of this everyday.
Homophobia in Bulgaria?Homosexuality is the devil's plan to end society. Or at least, that's what we've been told in Sofia, Bulgaria...
EPISODE 23 - I am Non-Binary (Bucharest, Romania)Zee identifies as neither male nor female. In Zee's opinion, non-binary people are humans that reject the social construct of gender binary. They believe society restricts them from validating and accepting their true identity.
EPISODE 22 - Love in Bulgaria (Sofia, Bulgaria)Simeon and Dimitar have been together for 13 years, and yet their love is not legally recognized in Bulgaria. Together, they founded GLAS Foundation, an NGO that strives to fight for LGBT+ rights in Bulgaria, in hopes that one day it will.
EPISODE 21 - Being Gay in Romania (Bucharest, Romania)In Romania, until 2001, you could be locked up in prison simply for being gay. And yet, Florin Buhuceanu kept fighting for equal rights no matter the danger he was putting himself in.
Gay Marriage in Romania?We asked Romanians what they thought about gay people getting married. Should Romania legalize same-sex marriage? 🏳️🌈
EPISODE 20 - My Intersex StoryWhen Deborah was born, doctors immediately took her away from her mother for 3 days, because they couldn't clearly assign a sex for her. Like millions of others, she was born intersex.
GAY BULGARIANS ANSWER QUESTIONS !From silly to serious, check out how our gay Bulgarian friends answered these questions! Spoiler alert: it gets political.
Gay Marriage in Switzerland ?This year, in 2019, Switzerland's parliament will be voting on whether to make same-sex marriage legal. So we asked the Swiss how they felt about it!
Cette année, en 2019, le Parlement suisse va élaborer un projet de loi qui pourrait légaliser le mariage pour tous. Du coup, on a demandé aux Suisses ce qu'ils en pensaient!
EPISODE 19 - Married but not HusbandsSanti and Mario are a married Italian couple. In Italy, same-sex marriage is still illegal, so marriage comes in the form of civil unions where your "husband" is in fact, your "civil partner".
EPISODE 18 - Bisexual Rugby PlayerMany people still think bisexuality is a myth. So Miguel is here to tell you, it isn't.
EPISODE 17 - Being a Lesbian in Poland (Warsaw, Poland)Magdalena thought being a lesbian was an illness as a teenager, and she wanted to be cured. Because living in rural Poland, that's what she had been taught.
EPISODE 16 - I am Miss Trans FranceEstelle represented France in several beauty pageants for transgender women in hopes of raising awareness and visibility. A truly beautiful woman, inside and out.
LGBT Street Questions: Lisbon, PortugalToday, we thought we'd give you a glimpse of what the Portuguese think of LGBT people! And yes, we KNOW the Lambada is from Brazil... ;-)
EPISODE 15 - God and LGBT (London, United Kingdom)As a gay pastor and ordained minister, Jide Macaulay founded 'House of Rainbow', Nigeria's first ever Church for LGBT+ people. Threatened by many for his beliefs, Jide preaches that God loves everyone equally, regardless of sexual orientation.
EPISODE 14 - Award-Winning LGBT Film Director (Barcelona, Spain)Joan has won multiple awards for his gay short films. As a director and a producer, he believes in the power of cinema to unite people and give more visibility to the LGBT+ community.
EPISODE 13 - Gay Political Refugee (Brussels, Belgium)This man had no other choice but to escape his country in the Middle East because he is gay. After arriving and settling in Brussels, he became a political refugee.
EPISODE 12 - My Daughter is Transgender (Barcelona, Spain)Cristina's daughter knew she was transgender from an early age. And rather than ignore the situation, Cristina listened. How would you have reacted? #wontbeerased
La hija de Cristina supo que era trans desde ya pequeña. Y en vez de ignorarla, Cristina la escucho. ¿Y tú, cómo hubieras reaccionado?
EPISODE 11 - I am Pansexual (Lisbon, Portugal)Lara defines her sexuality as "PANSEXUAL". To some, the word remains unheard of. So, what better way to learn what pansexuality is than from someone who is "pan" themselves?
EPISODE 10 - Polish Lesbian Couple (Warsaw, Poland)Get to know Julia and Marcelina, a young couple from Poland. And if you have a problem with seeing two girls love each other, this video isn't for you.
EPISODE 9 - From the Farm to the City (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)Born and raised on a farm where homosexuality was highly controversial, Peter never imagined the accomplishments and discoveries that would await for him once he arrived in Amsterdam.
EPISODE 8 - Call Me Teacher (Nice, France)Being transgender hasn't stopped Juline from pursuing a career she loves: being a school teacher.
EPISODE 4 - I AM A LESBIAN OLYMPIC ATHLETE (Brussels, Belgium)In 2018, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics set a record by having 15 gay athletes compete openly.
Kim Meylemans, competing in skeleton, was one of them.
LGBT STREET QUESTIONS : BRUSSELS - THE MANNEKEN PIS IS GAY?What if we used the most absurd news, like saying that the Manneken Pis is GAY, to find out how Belgians really feel about homosexuality?
Et si on faisait croire aux Belges que le Manneken Pis était en réalité un jeune homme homosexuel? Comment réagiraient-ils?
LGBT STREET QUESTIONS : AMSTERDAMWe stopped by the streets of Amsterdam to see what the Dutch had to say about LGBT. What would you have answered?
Music: Kedeng Kedeng
Artist: Guus Meeuwis
Album: Live in het Philips Stadion
EPISODE 6 - INSPIRING STRAIGHT ALLY (Rome, Italy)Martina's brother is gay - but her fight for LGBT+ rights started before she even knew that. And as a straight woman, she considers it essential to be an ally to the LGBT+ community.
EPISODE 5 - BULLIED FOR BEING GAY (Lisbon, Portugal)Bullying is common in most high schools, and even more so when you’re gay. Joao opens up about being bullied, living with a homophobic father and the struggles it came with.
Happy National Coming Out Day !Coming out isn't easy - for some, it's even impossible. So whether you do come out or not, know there will be always be a lot of love and support waiting for you outside the closet. #NationalComingOutDay #comingoutday
Episode 7 - Gay Football Referee (London, England)Last year, Ryan became the first openly gay football referee in the professional leagues, in the United Kingdom. Since then, he has become a trailblazer for LGBT representation in football. #nationalcomingoutday
Episode 3 I Am Intersex (Geneva, Switzerland)“Intersex” people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit into the typical definition of female or male.
As an intersex woman, Audrey engages in various activities to make unconsented and unnecessary treatments (operations, in utero treatments and hormonal treatments) on intersex people stop.
Episode 2 - Being Gay in the 80's (London, England)Barry tells us what it was like to be gay in the 80s, in the United Kingdom. A time when AIDS was ‘the gay plague’ and homosexuality controversial.
Deliberate Thought Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 1- I Am Richard (Rome, Italy)Like many transgender people, Richard's journey to self-acceptance was anything but easy. Today, and for the past 3 years, he is dedicated to his YouTube channel, Richard Thunder, in helping others understand what it means to be transgender.
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