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Edited by on January 19 2012 at 2:24 PM

This short documentary by Ryan James Yezak takes over 50 years of clips depicting gay culture in America — from early public service announcements on the dangers of the homosexual scourge to Ellen DeGeneres coming out on primetime to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — and condenses them all into an easily digestible 6:52.  It’s an inspiring bit of filmmaking, but also quite inflammatory and downright infuriating when one considers the amount of blatant prejudice and oppression that generations of people have been subjected to for a simple and innate characteristic they can neither control nor determine. That the face of gay rights is overwhelmingly a white one is a minor gripe that I don’t have the time or energy to even begin to explore, but there has been undeniable progress in the fight for equality. Yet there’s so much more fighting to do in order to ensure that one human being is never considered lesser than another, especially for something as trivial as who they happen to love. Take the 6:52 out of your day to watch “The Gay Rights Movement.”

Story by Lester Brathwaite

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