Last year, Ryan James Yezak released The Gay Rights Movement, a video in support of his first documentary, Second Class Citizens. With his latest initiative, the first ever National Gay Blood Drive taking place Friday, July 12, he’s released the followup to last year’s moving clip.
Yezak splices footage spanning years for this inspirational, terrifying and honest look at how the lifetime ban on gay blood donors in the United States came to be. With a blood supply shortage, it poses the question as to why this ban still exists given the medical technological advances since the ban was first implemented over 30 years ago.
If you missed my post about Yezak’s plan to hold the first ever National Gay Blood Drive, be sure to read my previous post. The drive will take place this Friday across all 50 states, and calls for eligible gay/bisexual donors to show at the blood donation center in their city, get tested at an onsite mobile HIV testing unit, and then attempt to donate their blood. If you get tested & attempt to donate on your own, send your rejected test result to the following by July 20th, 2013:
As most of you know, restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood exist. While some countries like Canada and United Kingdom have lifted the ban, conditional on the last time you had sex (5 years and 1 year respectively), the United States still has a lifetime ban. Ryan James Yezak is hoping to change that.
On July 12, Yezak will organize the first-ever nationwide gay blood drive to raise awareness about the ban against MSM blood donors and increase pressure on the FDA to lift it. The director thought of the idea while making Second Class Citizens, a feature-length documentary that takes an all-encompassing look at discrimination based on sexual orientation.
“…the ban is outdated, and as a result, countless otherwise eligible gay and bisexual men are unable to contribute to the nation’s blood supply and help save lives – Especially a time when blood shortages are increasingly common. Not only that, but the ban perpetuates negative stereotypes and stigma. Whether intentional or not, it is discrimination based on sexual orientation.” – Ryan James Yezak
To learn more about the first-ever national gay blood drive, watch the video announcement below.
In his latest video, he’s addressing something more specific that happened recently when rapper Azealia Banks called Perez Hilton a “messy faggot” and then later stood by her words. Personally, I don’t like the word “faggot” whatsoever and don’t support anyone using it for any reason with respect to gay men. That’s my personal opinion that I’m allowed to have.
I agree that Azealia is allowed to have her own opinion and her own free speech as well, but I feel like she actually doesn’t get the impact of the word. Maybe the word doesn’t land on some of you the way it does me (ie. different experiences growing up), but I think the word carries more weight than she acknowledges and her voice has more impact that she realizes. Again, these are my opinions and I know some of you feel differently. I respect that too and also respect what she says and hear where she’s coming from in her response to GLAAD, but overall, I agree to disagree with her. I will say that I think this issue goes beyond Azealia Banks and perhaps she shouldn’t necessarily be singled out in this. The issue is about the word and where everyone stands on it. Watch Yezak’s video below.
Ryan James Yezak has made and continues to make some of the most incredible videos on YouTube. He first became known for his gay parodies, but has since been working on gay documentary called Second Class Citizens.
With 2012 wrapping up today, the filmmaker has released a four-minute video that he created, compiling some of 2012′s biggest moments – both good and bad. Whether key moments in pop culture, unforgettable performances, the U.S. election, news broadcasts, and beyond, they’re likely to be found in this awesome montage of clips seen throughout the year. This would have definitely taken some time to put together, but luckily in only will take you four minutes to watch.
Enjoy the video below. You can definitely tell the difference between an amateur putting together a video montage versus someone like Ryan James Yezak who delivers a masterpiece in visuals and transitions timed to music. Enjoy and happy new year!
A while back, I wrote about a video from Ryan James Yezak called “Gay Rights Movement,” as part of his upcoming documentary titled “Second Class Citizens“. Now, Yezak has released another video titled, “What Homosexuality Is Not,” addressing some of the ridiculous beliefs and misconceptions people have about what it is.
The description of the video reads, “For those who have a hard time understanding what homosexuality is, we are here to tell them what homosexuality is not…”
Eight different people then take turns stating what homosexuality is not. It’s pretty powerful and the ending is perfect: “Whether or not you’re traditional, conservative, or religious. Whether or not you believe in homosexuality… IT EXISTS. WE EXIST. And we have been oppressed for far too long.”
Watch the video below. Can’t wait to see his documentary when it’s done!
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.”
This is one of the best flash mobs I’ve seen! Dancing to one of my top three favorite songs on Beyonce’s “4″ album, “End Of Time,” some sick dancers make for a Target shopping experience some customers will never forget. Normally flash mobs take place outside, or in a wide open space in a mall, but this video was a bit different as it took place in the middle of a Target store, just in front of the registers.
The video starts off with the camera following lead dancer (and the producer of the video), Todrick Hall (American Idol Season 9) as he walks around the store with his shopping cart. The song starts playing and when he and the other dancers reach the registers, the crew busts out their fierce choreography. The video was directed and edited by the talented Ryan Jamez Yezak (of the many gay music video parodies).
Hmm, I wonder if Beyonce’s people had something to do with this considering Target is the only place you can get the deluxe version of Beyonce’s “4″ album. Either way, it got my attention! Loved it.
Well, it was definitely worth the wait! A while back, the talented Ryan James Yezak announced that his next video parody would be for “Only Gay In The World,” to Rihanna’s “Only Girl In The World.” This video is incredibly hot and incredibly well done.
They cover several situations where a gay is wanting to feel like he’s the only gay in the world, as opposed to having his man’s eyes wander. The scenes include gays as Adam & Adam, two gay kings, a team of football players, a cheer-leading squad, gays in the military, and the grand finale of a gay wedding & reception. Lots of dancing, lots of skin, and lots of fun. The choreography is great, the story that is told is fantastic, and a section that addresses gay marriage is the icing on the wedding cake of a great video.
Keep them coming, Ryan! Great job!