This is a trailer for Second Class Citizens, Ryan James Yezak’s still-in-progress documentary about the history of discrimination faced by the gay community.
The clip is both devastating—for reminding us of the abuse and degradation earlier generations faced (and many still face today)—and somewhat heartening, for showing us how far we’ve come. Yezak’s documentary will address the vast and varied arenas in which LGBTs are treated like second-class citizens: marriage, adoption, housing, employment, blood donation, religious and community organizations—do we need to go on?
On his Kickstarter page for the film, Yezak lays out why he’s investing his time and resources into the project:
The idea… was born when I first learned that California’s Proposition 8 had passed, defining marriage only between a man and woman in that state. I was angry and I wanted to do something about it. As time went by, I learned more and more about the inequalities that exist for gays, lesbians, & bisexuals in this country.
I made a friend on YouTube who revealed to me that he would be expelled from his school if they found out he was gay. I did not believe him—in what kind of reality could something like that be true? It is true.
Shortly after that, a string of natural disasters occurred and my boss asked me if I wanted to donate blood with her. I immediately got up to go with her & then stopped abruptly realizing that I couldn’t donate blood. She did not believe me, nor did she understand why. I felt like a different species. I did not feel one with the human race in that moment.
That was the moment it had a direct effect on me & my rights—that is when I decided to make this documentary…
I am not a second class citizen. You are not a second class citizen. Right now, the laws in place (and lack thereof) say that we are. Let’s change that.
Let’s, shall we?