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The White House accepting video entries for "Champions of Change" contest

WASHINGTON -- Submissions for the White House Office of Public Engagement LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge are due this Friday, May 4, and citizens are encouraged to submit videos exploring the stories of the unsung heroes and local leaders of the LGBT movement.

"Across the country, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of the LGBT community," a statement issued by the White House said. "They are parents and students, neighborhood and business leaders, artists and advocates, all united in the fight for equality."

The White House hopes to honor and recognize those heroes during National LGBT Pride Month, which is observed each June. Videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select a group of semi-finalists that will be voted on by the public. Finalists will be featured at a "Champions of Change" event at the White House.

Videos should fit into one or more categories, as identified by the White House:

-Storytelling: stories of coming out or overcoming adversity.

-Culture & Identity: interesting intersections with race, national origin, religion, and disability.

-Unsung Heroes: individuals and organizations that haven’t been recognized for their contributions.

-The Arts: music, art, photography, poetry, and prose that inspire courage and acceptance.

-Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation: individuals and organizations that are testing new approaches and demonstrating results.

-Community Solutions: local initiatives that are solving local challenges.

-Friends & Allies: family members, teachers, faith leaders, and other allies in the fight for equality.

Videos will be accepted in any form, including music video, PSA, short film, video blog, and interview, but can not be longer than 3 minutes. Those who are unable to create a video may also submit an essay not longer than 750 words.

The White House says that submissions should be creative, innovative and inspiring.

The deadline to enter is Friday, May 4. To enter a submission or for more information, click HERE.