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What a Year It Has Been: 2014 in 4 Minutes - WATCH

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Gay filmmaker Ryan James Yezak has managed to condense the year 2014 into an epically stuffed 4 minute video. Featured in the highlight reel: Taylor Swift, Apparently Kid, the Sochi Olympics, Adele Dazeem, the "Proud Whopper", selfies, Rob Ford, Ellen Page coming out, Flappy Bird, protests, bridgegate, Conchita Wurst, Alex from Target, the Michael Sam kiss and so much more.

Take a look back, AFTER THE JUMP...

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This Sia 'Chandelier' Music Video Recreation Inside IKEA Wins Christmas: VIDEO

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Much to the chagrin of employees (and glee of shoppers), gay filmmaker Ryan James Yezak decided to spread some holiday cheer all through an IKEA with a recreation of Sia's infinitely parody-able "Chandelier" music video.

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FDA Committee Inches Closer Toward Repealing Gay Blood Donor Ban

Picture 7The FDA Committee is meeting today to discuss proposals of removing the ban that prohibits gay men from donating blood reports The New Civil Rights Movement. Talks of repealing the ban appeared last month when The Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood & Tissue Safety & Availability voted to drop the ban for any man who has not had sex with another man in at least a year. A Williams Institute study finds that repealing the ban would save over 1.8 million lives.

However, the one-year abstinence stipulation is still considered discriminatory, and the few gay men that are eligible to donate would yield little increase in the amount of blood donated. Ryan James Yezak, found of the National Gay Blood Drive, finds the new stipulation discriminatory and absurd.

Said Yezak:

"The policies that are in place, the lifetime ban, perpetuates negative stereotypes and stigma. It assumes that all gay and bisexual men are likely to have HIV and therefore must be blanket banned and that's just not necessary in this day and age when they have the testing and other countries have moved to deferral time period."

Although Yezak is disappointed with the methods of the new stipulation, he agrees that it's at least a step in the right direction toward repealing the ban completely. Of course, the anti-gay right wing disagrees. Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera, the head of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, staunchly affirmed his position on keeping the ban.

Said LaBarbera:

"First of all, HIV rates and sexually transmitted diseases are rising among homosexual-practicing men. So why would we be talking about softening the blood ban at a time when [STDs] are on the rise among men who have sex with men?"

The ACLU disagrees, saying criteria for becoming a blood donor should be based on science, not misinformed assumptions and discriminatory stereotypes. LaBarbera and his fellow constituents choose to ignore the fact that HIV is as much an issue for heterosexual people as it is the LGBT community. Fortunately, President Obama reaffirmed his support of those living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS in a speech the day before the observance of World AIDS Day this year. 


Gay Rights Triumph in Ryan James Yezak's Olympic Disco Anthem: VIDEO

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Kylie Minogue's anthem "Your Disco Needs You" is the centerpiece of Ryan James Yezak's latest YouTube opus highlighting the Sochi Olympics and the need for human rights in Russia.

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You may remember Yezak's moving clips previewing his work-in-progress documentary The Gay Rights Movement, here.

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Ryan James Yezak is Tired of Being Told to 'Be Masculine' on Grindr: VIDEO

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The Gay Rights Movement documentarian has a few things to say about his recent visit to the world of Grindr.

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Was the National Gay Blood Drive a Success? - VIDEO

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Was last week's National Gay Blood Drive, spearheaded by gay filmmaker Ryan James Yezak a success? Yes, according to Yezak.

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