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The Gay Rights Movement Part II: VIDEO

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DriveRyan 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...

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Filmmaker Launches National Gay Blood Drive to Make Statement About Discriminatory Ban: VIDEO

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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...

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Gay Boy Scout Camp Counselor Fired on Camera After Coming Out: 'I Wish You Hadn't Done That' -VIDEO

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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.  

E_jonesNot 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).

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Gay Man Responds to Azealia Banks' 'Faggot' Slurs with Rap Instructing Her to 'Love Don't Hate': VIDEO

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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."

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2012 In 4 Minutes: VIDEO

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Filmmaker Ryan James Yezak took a break from his forthcoming documentary, Second Class Citizens, to review 2012 and compile this 4-minute review of the year ending in a few hours. It's all here: Honey Boo, Obama's reelection, the cruise ship overturning off the coast of Italy...

Relive the past twelve months in four minutes of "that happened too?" AFTER THE JUMP.

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If You're Gay and Voting for Mitt Romney: VIDEO

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Ryan James Yezak, the filmmaker behind the viral 'The Gay Rights Movement' video, has something to say to you.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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