Following the release of "Kings Of New York 2" featuring the illustrious Tanning Mom, gay porn mogul Michael Lucas has set his sights on a more serious issue deeply affecting his home country: the climate of fear and violence plaguing Russia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Titled "The Campaign of Evil: Russia and Gay Propaganda," the film aims to bring visibility to the lives of LGBT Russians and the institutionalized homophobia they experience from both their government and fellow citizens. Lucas notes on the project's Kickstarter:
As most of the world moves forward toward gay equality, Russia is seemingly heading backward. Anti-gay sentiment and legislation are spreading rapidly throughout the country... The Kremlin has chosen the LGBT community as its scapegoat in a populist campaign against supposedly decadent “Western” values, and there are ominous signs of much worse to come.
Violent attacks against Russian gays or suspected gays are more and more common. Videos of young LGBT people being taunted and tortured have been widely distributed on the Internet.
Those are the stories that get the headlines, but there is much more to the Russian LGBT men and woman I have met. It is my hope that this documentary will educate viewers to their reality.
The Kickstarter is slated to run through Dec. 29. To learn more about "The Campaign of Evil: Russia and Gay Propaganda," or to make a donation, visit the project's Kickstarter.