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Here's A Stirring Anthem For Those In The World's Most Homophobic Countries

"We Know Who We Are" juxtaposes EDM beats with footage of anti-gay violence.

Detroit-based DJ Steven James teamed up with singer-songwriter Quentin Sound to create a harrowing anthem for gays and lesbians living in the world's most homophobic countries. 

The music video for "We Know Who We Are" juxtaposes a pulsing EDM beat with disturbing news footage of anti-gay violence in Russia, Uganda and Jamaica.

"We move mountains, skyscrapers if they get in our way," Sound sings. "No matter what people say about us/We know who we are." 

James told The Huffington Post that the purpose of his new song is to "reach out to gay teens in those countries and tell them that there is nothing wrong with being gay, no matter what locals and their leaders say."

He added, "They're no different than any other citizen of their country." 

As it turns out, the tune has a charitable aim, too. James said he will donate 50 percent of proceeds from sales of the single to LGBT youth organizations in Russia, Jamaica and Uganda: Children-404, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). 

What an inspired musical message! 

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