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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Ashley D.
Ashley D.5 years ago

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).

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

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

Chad A.
Chad Anderson6 years ago

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.

Anne B.
Anne B6 years ago

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

Steve Pugh
Steve Pugh6 years ago

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

Robyn B.
Robyn Brice6 years ago

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

Wayne M.
Wayne M6 years ago

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!

Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Deborah D.
Deborah D6 years ago

When we judge our fellow man and woman
we are judging ourselves, too.
Do we really want our actions to spread
hatred and prejudice?

Christopher C.
Chris C6 years ago

Your an amazing woman Cathryn C! Sent a Green Star your way.