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The Evolution of Gay Rights in Under 7 Minutes

The Evolution of Gay Rights in Under 7 Minutes


Written by Danielle Magnuson

Ryan O’Connell warns viewers that “Unless you’re made of stone or a homophobe, this video will make you weep openly.” That’s quite a dare, so I took it. And within a minute, I was weeping. Openly. And I think you will too.

The video is Second Class Citizens by Ryan James Yezak, a short but powerful tribute to how dramatically the gay rights movement has evolved over the past decades. “Sometimes it feels like we’re crawling very slowly with gay rights,” says O’Connell in Thought Catalog (Jan. 17, 2012), especially as we watch the current Republican presidential candidates battle it out over who hates gays the most and is willing to strip away rights the fastest. “After viewing this video, however, one gets a healthy dose of perspective and realizes that, in fact, we have come a long way.”

This post was originally published by the Utne Reader.


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12:40AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

As Christians we are not against gays and lesbians - only what they practise in private. We should be witnessing to them the love of God .. my previous church supported the Living Waters Trust which assists those who wish to change their sexual orientation.

'You shall not lie with a man as with a woman - it is an abomination' (The book of Leviticus).

9:57PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Second class citizen....let's get past that and treat one another with dignity and respect.

2:08PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

I am constantly amazed at how much more tolerant things are in so many areas than I ever expected in my lifetime. Not good enough, but a lot better.

11:50AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

My thanks for this powerful video that indeed shows we have come a long way but still have miles to go...

1:50AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

God bless Miss USA for having the courage to say what she did.

1:24AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Cathryn C if I could send you a green star I would. You are a truly amazing woman.

5:44PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I would hope that what we are seeing is only the beginning of the full evolution toward equality. Until full equality exists both here and around the world, the work is not finished.

Equality for all! Special rights for no one!

3:30PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Thanks for the article.

3:16PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Man that was powerful and very well done! (sniffle sniffle)

3:11PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I suppose the sentimental approach has it's appeal, but I personally would like to see a little more educational & historical content. (no Stonewall?) I would absolutely love to see a web-enabled video with on-screen click-able tags so people watching could access more information about the people on the screen.

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