For the most part, you know Ryan James Yezak from his amazing gay music video parodies. The quality of the editing, choreography, and money that went into those videos put them in a separate category. More recently, for the past 8 months he’s been working on something a bit more serious. He’s just released a very moving 7-minute video called “The Gay Rights Movement,” which is in support of his first documentary, titled “Second Class Citizens“. The video below is the first of five videos he’ll be releasing to support the making of the film. Here’s what Yezak says about the film:
“I want to make a documentary that encompasses all areas in which we are discriminated against. The general population is not aware that discrimination against the gay community goes beyond marriage & bullying. There is far too much hate directed towards our community and I want to capture that hate on camera. In addition, I want to explore where this hate comes from, why it continues to exist, and what we must do to get rid of it. A better solution is needed because the solution we have right now isn’t working fast enough.
Sounds like it will be an amazing documentary. He adds, “I am not a second class citizen. You are not a second class citizen. Right now, the laws in place (and lack thereof) say that we are. Let’s change that.”
It was definitely difficult to hold in the emotion toward the end when Ellen Degeneres says, “Larry was not a second class citizen. I am not a second class citizen. It is okay if you’re gay.” I totally remember that episode. So touching.
I’m so glad that he’s making this documentary. I have to say that it moved me in a way that I didn’t expect it to. It made me feel that much more proud to be gay… we are like the gay people shown in the video and we have all been going through all of this together, whether we realize it or not. As Hillary Clinton says in the video clip, “Be on the right side of history.”
Yezak is still trying to raise money for the project so that the film can be completed. To donate, click here.
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