Exclusive: LGBT Singer/Songwriter Eli Lieb Talks "Safe Holding Hands"
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:46:18
This weekend marks the biggest gay pride celebrations all over the country, including the 44th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.
LGBT singer/songwriter and activist Eli Lieb is participating in Pride events this weekend and he wrote a beautiful and powerful song called "Safe Holding Hands," based on his own experience of not feeling safe holding hands with another man in public.
First, check out this animated campaign video to get a sense of the song and the Allstate-backed campaign.
Lieb will be riding in a float in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade on June 28, on behalf of Allstate, which has encouraged people to share special and everyday moments while holding hands with their loved ones on Twitter utilizing the hashtag #OutHoldingHands.
That is a HUGE step for a corporation to take and we applaud Allstate and Lieb for their efforts to bring these issues to light. Love who you love and don't be afraid to hold hands with the one you love!
"I definitely have felt uncomfortable - and sometimes unsafe - while holding hands in public," Lieb said. "I hope that the song that I wrote will let people see how we're all the same. I think it's great that a company [like Allstate] is showing its support to a community that is underprivileged in some aspects."
Lieb continued, "I love writing songs, I love singing, I love making music. But the fact that I can be involved in some kind of social change is way above anything I thought I could do. Don't hold back, just be who you are. The more you show that, people won't see the labels as much. They'll just see this unique person in front of them."
Amen to that!
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