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A new animated short film, released this week to coincide with LGBT Pride Month, weaves an emotional tale of one man’s quest to find someone who will accept him.
It’s part of Allstate’s #OutHoldingHands campaign, anchored on the simple yet meaningful hand-holding gesture and propelled by openly gay singer Eli Lieb’s “Safe In My Hands.”
“I hope that the song, in combination with the film, gives people the strength to be 100 percent their true authentic self and to not be afraid of it,” Lieb told Mashable. “And I hope that it just shows that love is love. Love transcends gender, race, sexuality.”
The campaign is encouraging viewers to participate by uploading pictures of public displays of affection to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #OutHoldingHands.
In the short film, an animated version of Eli Lieb helps the lonely gentleman find love, grabbing his hand before both characters transform into their non-animated selves.
“It’s funny — I’m very OK holding hands with someone in public, but I’m currently single,” Lieb said, adding that the other man in the video is just an actor. “So I’m waiting for that right person to grab on to my open hand.”
Lieb dove into the music scene four years ago, when he began uploading covers to his YouTube channel, which now also includes original music. His videos have attracted 21 million views. Allstate discovered Lieb after he released his “Young Love” music video.
“The two main characters and love interests happened to be men, but you saw their love play out just like the love between any couple, regardless of sexuality,” he said.