The documentary "Queer Lives Matter" is a journey to young activists around the world who fight for rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender. As a journalist I meet these brave people who act up for equality and acceptance - against all odds. Now I need money in order to pay for a professional cutter for the final cut, graphics and a sound check.
In the 30 minutes long movie I embark on a journey to young LGBT activists around the world: In Morocco homosexuality is forbidden by law, in South Africa lesbians have to fear "corrective rape", in India transgender fight for acceptance, in Turkey activists are prosecuted by the state and in Greece LGBT refugees need to organise themselves in order to survive.
Since I'm back from this long trip I've edited the footage roughly and ordered an own soundtrack. Now the project is almost finished! Only the final cut needs to be done. In order to fund this last step I need more money.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
People who think that equality for queer people is an important human rights issue! <3
Why would you support this project?
If you think that the global struggle for LGBT equality is an important issue, support this project. In this film I tell the story of brave human rights activists who exist everywhere!
I travelled these countries alone with my camera. But without the support of the LGBT community I wouldn't have come this far. Part of the costs was funded by German "Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation" and "Elledorado Schwul-Lesbischer Förderkreis Berlin".
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
With the money it will be possible to fund a professional cutter who is going to make a final cut, add graphics and check the sound. Afterwards the film will be ready to be shown on film festivals. In the end it will be available on stream and DVD.
Who are the people behind the project?
Markus Kowalski is a freelance journalist and covers LGBT issues and social movements since a few years. He reported for German outlets like taz, queer.de and Siegessäule. 2015 he was award "best upcoming journalist" in Saxony-Anhalt. Since 2016 he writes the blog "Leo Watch" about the german ex-gay-movement. Currently he's a postgraduate student of Political Science at Free University of Berlin.