Ryan James Yezak Hub
Ryan James Yezak, who you know from his super-viral clip in support of this forthcoming documentary, The Gay Rights Movement, has released another spectacularly edited montage of vintage news clips that weaves the narrative of the federal ban on blood donation by gay men into a larger picture of the LGBT civil rights struggle.
It's in support of a National Gay Blood Drive taking place tomorrow to draw attention to the issue.
Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...
Ryan James Yezak, the filmmaker behind the in-progress documentary Second Class Citizens (remember 'The Gay Rights Movement' video?) is launching a national gay blood drive, a peaceful demonstration that he's going to capture for his documentary. Yezak writes:
The drive will take place nationally from 9am PST (which marks the demonstration’s “universal rallying point”) to 5pm PST that Friday and will consist of eligible gay and bisexual male donors, most commonly referred to as MSM donors, showing up to get tested at a specified donation center in their respective city and then attempting to donate their blood. As each donor is rejected, their test result will be collected, compiled, and delivered to the FDA – Visually conveying to them on a national level how much blood the gay community could contribute to the blood supply should they lift their current policy.
While it is anticipated that 1,000 rejected MSM donors will be exceeded – It’s also pertinent to note that on‐site mobile rapid HIV testing will be provided at each location for participants to confirm their statuses before attempting to donate.
Watch his video about the event, AFTER THE JUMP...
Eric Jones, a 19-year-old prominent and committed member of the Boy Scouts of America was kicked out last July because he came out as gay to the director of the organization's annual Summer Camp in Missouri.
Not only was he immediately removed from the camp because of their anti-gay policy, but the entire "process" was caught on camera and will be featured in Ryan James Yezak's upcoming documentary Second Class Citizens.
Says the Boy Scout official:
"I understand, and quite honestly your lifestyle is your lifestyle. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the way I look at an individual or the way I judge them. However, by telling me what you just told me, it automatically takes you out of the program. I wish you hadn't done that."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP....
You might remember Yezak's viral trailer for the film. Check it out here.
The Boy Scouts will be voting today on a proposal to lift the ban on gay scouts (that would retain a ban on gay leaders).
Gay Man Responds to Azealia Banks' 'Faggot' Slurs with Rap Instructing Her to 'Love Don't Hate': VIDEO
Ryan James Yezak, the filmmaker behind the in-progress documentary Second Class Citizens (remember 'The Gay Rights Movement' video?), doesn't want to give up on Azealia Banks because of her use of anti-gay slurs, so he wrote this open rap to her.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
In related news, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick reached out to Towleroad with a reaction to our post last night about Banks' attacks on the organization and her defense of the word "faggot".
Said Graddick: "I've never said that Azealia Banks is anti-gay, but I think she talks like someone disconnected from the violence experienced by men who don't fit society's notions of masculinity -- violence that escalates when celebrities like Azealia Banks demean such people. It's the queer youth and those who might not fit the mold of masculinity who suffer most from this kind of crap she is peddling."