With marriage equality spreading across the United States, there's certainly a lot to celebrate on the legal LGBT front when it comes to equal rights. In many places throughout the Americas and Europe, overall acceptance of homosexuality appears to be on a steady rise. But despite the progress -- or, perhaps, in response to it -- homophobes have upped their hateful rhetoric around the globe. The Advocate's choice for "Person of the Year," Vladimir Putin, is a telling testament to the fact that while things might be improving in some places, the damage simultaneously being done contitutes an international threat.
Utilizing two years of research, filmmaker Emmanuelle Schick Garcia seeks to explore the roots of homophobia in a new documentary entitled The World According To Homophobes. By focusing on four countries, the feature-length work aims to show how religious and sexual education creates a culture of shame that in turn breeds a homophobic populous. With the help of Harvard Medical School Psychology Professor James Gilligan, Garcia hopes to help educate people on the roots of their culture's homophobia and highlight its danger.
In order to realize this project, Garcia needs to raise $19,500 by November 30, 2014. If the goal is met, not only will her team be able to film and produce the documentary, but they will also make it available to the global community free of charge! What's more, every dollar donated will count as a vote towards a homophobe of your choice. Whoever gets the most votes will have their home city play host to a public screening of the film. So who's most deserving: Michelle Bachman, Vladimir Putin, or maybe Pope Francis? Head over to their Indiegogo page, make a donation, and cast your vote.