- February 14, 2018
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a compilation of heart-tugging videos from its year-long #LoveYourNeighbor campaign, which focuses on the stories of LGBTQ people in the South. The videos feature stories about the experiences of LGBTQ couples living -- and loving -- in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.
“Love can take many forms and look different for everyone -- a theme that we explore in these #LoveYourNeighbor videos,” said Ben Needham, director of strategic initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign. “On this Valentine’s Day, HRC is proud to celebrate these powerful stories of LGBTQ couples living in the South by showcasing their love and encouraging folks across the country to #LoveYourNeighbor.”
The #LoveYourNeighbor campaign is a storytelling project focused on sharing the experiences of LGBTQ people and allies across the South, particularly in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. HRC has permanent campaigns in these three states as part of its Project One America campaign. It is partially funded with a grant from Toyota, which has a manufacturing plant in Mississippi. For nearly a year, new videos have been released each month on social media and promoted by HRC both in-state and around the country.
Valentine’s Day selections from HRC’s #LoveYourNeighbor video storytelling series, showing the importance of community acceptance and love in states that have no statewide protections for their LGBTQ citizens: