Russia Declares Discrimination Newest Olympic Sport

This intense/controversial video was created to draw attention to the larger plight around the world – it is a conceptual piece – and most of the factual moments came from information from LGBT Russians who have escaped to tell their stories. Some may find it short-sighted since many Russians do support human-rights. It is a political/elite minority that supports anti-gay laws in order to propose a conservative manner of governing. Currently the United States is facing a very similar issue that marriage isn’t legal in all states. Producers: Russia Freedom Fund


Jonathan Menendez is a digital media entrepeneur/producer that focuses his work on the empowerment of marginalized communities through emergent media, specifically trans-queer people of color. His projects include the production of a documentary on gay Latino culture in L.A., the founding and creative development of xQsi Magazine and Qulture. He founded the Latin@ Queer Arts and Film Festival that is a collaboration with the LA LGBT Center. He has shared his work as a panelist at The Queer Media Conference, The People of Color Film Festival: FUSION and the the Queer Students of Color Conferences. He has worked as a consultant for AIDS Project Los Angeles/UCSF under the department of research with George Ayala to ensure a diverse sample of Latino recruits for a study. He just completed his graduate degree with an emphasis on Digital Art and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz where he also served as a teaching assistant for two years.

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