VideoOut exists to amplify the voices of LGBTQIA+ people.
To amplify LGBTQIA+ voices is to enrich society's heritage. Silencing LGBTQIA+ voices risks losing the things LGBTQIA+ people think, say, and do. LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ community. That record was broken again in 2017. And the trend continues. In addition to deadly violence, the LGBTQIA+ 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, LGBTQIA+ voices have been undercut by denial and underrepresentation.
Harvey Milk said that coming out is the best way to destroy the lies and dispel the myths that surround the LGBTQIA+ community. 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 LGBTQIA+ community:
VideoOut enables LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ narrative.
VideoOut affirms the work of LGBTQIA+ people who have been fighting the age-old battle for equality.
Most importantly, VideoOut builds bridges of empathy between LGBTQIA+ people and everyone else.
We destroy the misconceptions that surround the LGBTQIA+ community.
We have a duty to amplify the authentic experiences of those most at risk. Important stories aren’t being heard and, as a result, true equality is at stake. Voices of the vulnerable are being undercut by denial and underrepresentation. By cataloguing personal narratives, we strengthen the bridge of storytelling, the binding language of our existence, that brings people together. Together, we are stronger!
Our inspiration comes from the countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming, and intersex people throughout history who have courageously lived their lives. Harvey Milk implored us all to come out, saying that it will "break down the myths, [and] destroy the lies and distortions" that surround our community.
"Every gay person must come out... Once you do, you will feel so much better!"
VideoOut believes that coming allows you to live as the most authentic version of yourself. But, it's not only about the individual. Coming out is the greatest act any of us can take in providing hope.