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Musicians, actors, celebrities, companies, organisations and Internet users (including students, doctors and teachers) are expressing their commitment to openness.

Musicians, actors, celebrities, companies, organisations and Internet users (including students, doctors and teachers) are expressing their commitment to openness.

By sharing their own experiences, they are taking a stand against prejudice, including towards Roma people, homosexuals, Jews and people with disabilities. Their videos have been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube.

Budapest, 02.04.2014 –  The #nyitottakvagyunkvideos in which more than 80 musicians, artists, television personalities, celebrities, companies, organisations and Internet users (including students, doctors and teachers) express their commitment to openness as part of the social media campaign launched in mid March under the slogan “Being open is a good thing. Don’t succumb to prejudice” have been viewed more than 200,000 times. By sharing their own experiences in these video messages, they are taking a stand against prejudice, including towards Roma people, homosexuals, Jews and people with disabilities. We’re Open is still welcoming new videos and personal stories. The video campaign was launched by Google, espell and Prezi as part of the WeAreOpen community initiative set up last year. More than 650 companies, organisations and communities committed to openness have already joined We’re Open.

The people, companies and organisations posting #nyitottakvagyunk videos on YouTube as part of the social media video campaign have shared their experiences about the benefits of being open and not succumbing to prejudice. Musicians, actors, directors, doctors, teachers, television celebrities, journalists, artists, YouTube hobbyists and bloggers, sportspeople, writers, students, and many others, including companies and non-profit organisations have all made videos. The stories range from the world of work through the nursery and school years to family relationships, friendships and chance encounters.

Among those sharing their personal experiences are Mariann, a 13-year-old girl, theatre director Róbert Alföldi, András Sütő and Ádám Varga, the stars of the recently premiered film “Land of Storms” directed by Ádám Császi, television presenter Kriszta D. Tóth, actress Szonja Oroszlán, an 18-year-old student – YouTube video blogger “FollowAnna”, retired boxer István Kokó Kovács, television presenters Nóra Teszári and Krisztina Máté, singer Gabi Tóth, the members of Quimby, singer Péter Sziámi Müller, Dániel Hamar from the Muzsikás folk ensemble, teachers, doctors, Fanny Mosolyka Hozleiter, author of the “The World in a Wheelchair” blog, Sziget, LogMeIn, Auchan Hungary, Microsoft, Amnesty International Hungary and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. The managers and staff of the organisers, Google espell and Prezi, have also posted video messages.

“We launched the WeAreOpen initiative last summer because not only do we believe that being open is the right thing to do, we know from experience that it makes business sense. We know that there are lots of you out there who share our values. We think it’s important to demonstrate our openness and inspire others,

So in mid March we asked the companies and organisations participating in WeAreOpen and everyone who agrees that being open and not succumbing to prejudice is a good thing to make video messages and share their own experiences online. We believe that these stories will inspire others. The videos and messages about openness and acceptance are up on YouTube. We hope the videos will reach people who may be feeling alone or anxious, who perhaps have the greatest need of messages of acceptance,” said the organisers.

Short #nyitottakvagyunk videos, which can even be made using a device such as a webcam or mobile phone, are still being welcomed by the organisers, who are collecting them on the We’re Open YouTube channel. Tips on making your own video are available on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu website.

The social media video campaign was launched with a WeAreOpen week. During that week several companies and organisations participating in WeAreOpen offered to put on their own programmes. Thanks to Cirko-Gejzír Cinema and Cinema City, there were a total of 100 screenings of 14 films related to openness and prejudice in two cinemas over 7 days. Budapest Underguide and Hosszúlépes organised thematic walks in Budapest, while the Aum Yoga Studio offered the chance to meditate.

The members of the WeAreOpen community initiative regard it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, religious or other beliefs, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

Last year, as the first step of the WeAreOpen initiative, the founders and many of the participating organisations had a joint float at Budapest Pride to celebrate the world’s diversity together. Companies, organisations and communities are still welcome to join the WeAreOpen community initiative at nyitottakvagyunk.hu. At nyitottakvagyunk.hu everyone can make a commitment to openness, which the founders of the initiative believe is a simple, but important gesture.

The stories about openness on WeAreOpen’s YouTube channel include:

  • Róbert Alföldi speaking about his experience with “skinheads”.
  • Stories posted by Internet users. The 13-year-old Mariann, who was teased because of her weight, appeals to her peers to be open and not hurt one another. She sends a message in her video to the people she has hurt, as well as to those who hurt others.
  • The stories of András Sütő and Ádám Varga, stars of the recently premiered film “Land of Storms” directed by Ádám Császi.
  • A Hungarian YouTube star, an 18-year-old secondary school student, made an animation film in which she talks about her hearing impaired classmate.
  • István Kokó Kovács, who has struggled for years with people thinking that boxers are stupid and aggressive.
  • Kriszta D. Tóth’s story about hearing as a child that “there are too many stinking Gypsies around here”.
  • Television presenter Nóra Teszári’s story about her younger sister having to use a wheelchair and the lesson they learnt about openness from five-year-old nursery school children.
  • Péter Sziámi Müller’s stories about his lesbian daughter, times spent together with and performing with actors who have intellectual disabilities, and differences in values.
  • László Arató, president of the Association of Hungarian Teachers, speaking about how “Every teacher of Hungarian needs to be open. You need to be open to read literature, and it also leads to openness.”
  • Dr. András Spányik, doctor, speaking about first impressions that can be misleading in the casualty department.
  • Szonja Oroszlán speaking about a meeting that began awkwardly with a “crazy” guy covered in tattoos and piercings who was feeding pigeons.
  • Krisztina Máté’s story about the editor’s dilemma of whom to show in the programme: “the blonde, blue-eyed little girl that the TV viewers are happy to help, or a young Gypsy boy from a deprived background that leads to viewers sending in comments littered with obscenities”.
  • Dániel Hamar from the Muzsikás folk ensemble speaking about a trip to America that began with mutual prejudice and then took an unexpected turn.
  • Bori Péterfy, singer and actress, speaking about an experience from her school days that she has never forgotten – an “invisible classmate”, who was ignored by teachers and students alike until the girl actually disappeared. It’s a story about the responsibility of teachers and schools.
  • Tibi Kiss, in a joint video with Dódi Kárpáti from Quimby, explains: ”Black or yellow, Jewish or Aryan, it’s all the same to me…”
  • Livius Varga from Quimby speaking about a working relationship that began with mistrust.
  • The story of Fanny Mosolyka Hozleiter, author of the “The World in a Wheelchair” blog, about the 20-year old job-seeking Roma men, who asked not to have a photo of themselves on their CV because they think they won’t stand a chance then.
  • Gabi Tóth’s story about a friendship with Oszkár Kinter that got off to a difficult start.
  • Éva Fejős’s story about being led down alleyways by three unknown Cuban men.
  • The videos of LogMeIn, Microsoft, Sziget, LOffice, Amnesty International Hungary, and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.