Film / Technicolor

The Devotion Project Counters Russian Homophobia with Subtitiles

Gail Marquis and Audrey Smaltz

Gail Marquis and Audrey Smaltz

Olympian Gail Marquis (Women’s Basketball, Montreal ’76) and her wife Audrey Smaltz may just be one of our favorite lesbian couples of all time! Their video, “Foremost in My Mind,” made us “aww,” laugh, and even tear up a little. Gail, 57, and Audrey, 75, have been together for 15 years and their love grabs us through the screen and doesn’t let go for the entire ten minutes they’re on it. They are just one of six beautiful LGBTQ couples featured in the Devotion Project documentary series which received rave reviews at every screening it graced last year. The project is produced by filmmaker Tony Osso and its mission is to show LGBTQ couples in real life and in real love.

“The Devotion Project quite simply is about love…it’s meant to give information to everyone about what LGBTQ couples look like. It’s harder to discriminate against someone when you realize how much you have in common with them,” says Osso.

Devotion Project 2With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics bringing so much attention to the struggles LGBTQ face in Russia, Osso thought the time was right to subtitle the films in Russian. Even though Marquis and Smaltz are just one of the couples featured in the series, the fact that Marquis is a silver-medal-winning Olympian couldn’t be more fitting.  We hope someone in Sochi is encouraged by their story.

Watch the video below:


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