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The Evolution of Gay Rights in Under 7 Minutes

by Danielle Magnuson

 


Tags: Second Class Citizens, Ryan James Yezak, Ryan O’Connell, gay rights, politics, Thought Catalog, Danielle Magnuson,

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Ryan O’Connell warns viewers that “Unless you’re made of stone or a homophobe, this video will make you weep openly.” That’s quite a dare, so I took it. And within a minute, I was weeping. Openly. And I think you will too.

The video is Second Class Citizens by Ryan James Yezak, a short but powerful tribute to how dramatically the gay rights movement has evolved over the past decades. “Sometimes it feels like we’re crawling very slowly with gay rights,” says O’Connell in Thought Catalog (Jan. 17, 2012), especially as we watch the current Republican presidential candidates battle it out over who hates gays the most and is willing to strip away rights the fastest. “After viewing this video, however, one gets a healthy dose of perspective and realizes that, in fact, we have come a long way.”

 

Note: Ryan O’Connell has a great little piece about being a blogger in The World’s First Perfect Zine (Oct. 2011). 

Source: Thought Catalog 

Image courtesy of www.brokebackmountainmovie.com.

lynette cowper
2/8/2012 3:19:38 PM

The murdered corpses of Steven Charles, Charlie Howard, Rebecca Wight, James Zappalorti, Paul Broussard, Petty Officer Allen Schindler, Brandon Teena, Scott Amedure, Roxanne Ellis, Michelle Abdill, Matthew Shepard, Gary Matson, Winfield Mowder, Pfc. Barry Winchell, Steen Fenrich, Arthur "J.R." Warren, Danny Overstreet, Nizah Morris, Gwen Araujo, Sakia Gunn, Richie Phillips, Nireah Johnson, Brandie Coleman, Glenn Kopitske, Scotty Joe Weaver, Ronnie Antonio Paris, Jason Gage, Michael Sandy, Andrew Anthos, Sean William Kennedy, Lawrence "Larry" King, Angie Zapata, Lateisha Green, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, and Seaman August Provost would seem to indicate they aren't very well "protected".


jerri cook
1/30/2012 9:45:30 PM

Good call, David Blum. I admire you for being brave enough to say it.


scott nass, md
1/30/2012 3:35:57 AM

Beautiful and heart-wrenching. You must watch this video.


david blum
1/29/2012 2:22:50 AM

Second-class citizens? No, protected-class. I think I just heard the door slam shut on 'equal protection under the law'.