VideoOut exists to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people.
The LGBTQ community is diverse, layered with color, imagination, compassion, and activism. To amplify LGBTQ voices is to enrich society's heritage. Silencing LGBTQ voices risks losing the things LGBTQ people think, say, and do. LGBTQ contributions are monumentally important and are a vital part of our shared human narrative.
Two years ago, 2016 became the deadliest year on record for the LGBTQ community. That record was broken again in 2017. VideoOut refuses to let this happen any longer.
In addition to deadly violence, the LGBTQ community is in danger of losing its visibility thanks to the discriminatory and regressive policy moves sweeping the country. This isn't a new trend. In modern times, LGBTQ voices have been undercut by denial and underrepresentation. That's why VideoOut is committed to magnifying real voices, especially those most at risk.
Harvey Milk said that coming out is the best way to destroy the lies and dispel the myths that surround the LGBTQ community. VideoOut is building the largest library of coming-out stories anywhere in the world. We strongly believe that every story creates empathy, and that empathy can be wielded as a powerful tool for advocacy, awareness, and education.
VideoOut's digital platform is a resource for the LGBTQ community:
- VideoOut enables LGBTQ people to tell their stories in their own unedited voice, ensuring that authentic experiences are recorded and shared.
- VideoOut inspires everyone to come out, each story acting as a catalyst in a chain reaction of visible and vocal storytelling that amplifies the LGBTQ narrative.
- VideoOut affirms the work of LGBTQ people who have been fighting the age-old battle for equality.
- Most importantly, VideoOut stories build bridges of empathy between LGBTQ people and everyone else.