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Crowdfunding the gay rights movement

Crowdfunding the gay rights movement


California documentarian Ryan James Yezak has started a Kickstarter funding appeal to produce a film to show the straight community how it feels to be a “second class citizen”. Using archival footage from 1950s scare films to modern news, viral and talk show clips, the 6+ minute trailer for the film brings you on an emotional rollercoaster of the movement’s challenges, triumphs, heroes and enemies. It’s pretty powerful stuff.

Ryan James Yezak explains:

“I want to make a documentary that encompasses all areas in which we are discriminated against. The general population is not aware that discrimination against the gay community goes beyond marriage & bullying. There is far too much hate directed towards our community and I want to capture that hate on camera. In addition, I want to explore where this hate comes from, why it continues to exist, and what we must do to get rid of it. A better solution is needed because the solution we have right now isn’t working fast enough.

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.”

He is asking for donations towards a goal of $50,000 USD — which he says is one-thind of his total production budget. There is also an open call for testimonial subjects on the YouTube page.

See the trailer after the break.

Thanks to Abady Alzahrani for the tip (via Twitter).

Ryan James Yezak

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