About this project
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ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:
A second class citizen is defined as: a person whose rights and opportunities are treated as less important than those of other people in the same society. There are many areas in which gays, lesbians, & bisexuals do not have the same rights & opportunities as others in society. We must change this now.
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.
WHY I WANT TO MAKE THIS DOCUMENTARY:
The idea for this documentary was born when I first learned that California's Proposition 8 had passed, defining marriage only between a man & woman in that state. I was angry & I wanted to do something about it. As time went by, I learned more & 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 & 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.
AREAS OF DISCRIMINATION COVERED:
*EDUCATION (PRIVATE SCHOOLS)
*BLOOD, SPERM, & BONE MARROW DONATION
*GAY PANIC DEFENSE
HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE USED:
Crew, equipment rental, travel/transportation, & post production make up a majority of the costs. We are now trying to reach a goal of $200,000 so that we can make the best film possible!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T REACH MY GOAL:
I don't get to keep any of the money raised - it is all or nothing.
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