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Powerful Video Urges LGBTQ Couples To Hold Hands In Public, Even When They Feel Uncomfortable

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16/02/2017 10:45

For members of the LGBTQ community, simple gestures - such as holding hands or other public displays of affection - can be difficult and it can feel like the whole world is staring and judging.

That’s why an emotionally-charged advert is encouraging LGBTQ couples to “hold tight” to one another in public spaces, to stand tall against bigotry and hate. 

The advert was created by Australian bank ANZ, ahead of various events celebrations of the LGBT community, such as Sydney Mardi Gras (Friday 17 February onwards), and Auckland Pride Festival (10 - 26 February).

The advert shows many couples holding hands or touching each other only to let go when approaching other people. It’s heart-wrenching.

Towards the end of the video couples start to resist the knee-jerk reaction to pull away from on another and proudly continue to hold hands. ❤️

“This highlights the daily pressures that the LGBTIQ community faces,” Terese Casu, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, said in a statement.

“It’s a simple and loving gesture to hold your partner’s hand, however for fear of discrimination, and experiences in violence and abuse — the reality is that many in the community still don’t feel safe. We love the awareness that ANZ is raising about this issue for the community.” 

“We’re aiming to highlight what is a gesture that is difficult for many in the LGBTI community and turn it into a celebration of love and by asking people to ‘hold tight,’ when they feel like letting go,” an ANZ spokesperson wrote in a blog post on ANZ’s website. “It is recognition that equality has come a long way, but that it still has a way to go, and is a message to the community to stay strong.” 

The beautiful advert has moved many people on Twitter.

 

Beautiful.

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