[MUSIC PLAYING] [WHISTLING] Hi, there. Who? Me? Yeah. You seem like an average guy. Well, I love smoothies
and drive a Prius if that’s what you mean. Exactly. Quick question. Have you ever thought how
your life might be different if you were gay? Uh, not really. I guess it would
be a little harder. Wait. Was that homophobic? Oh, God. I’m really sorry. This is a safe space, Carl. My name is Mark. Whatever. You’re right, though. Being gay has its challenges. But it hasn’t always
been like this. Like the Greeks? Absolutely. The earliest evidence
of gay relationships is from ancient Greece,
although that was mostly about older and younger men. Did you know Socrates
was in the closet? I didn’t. I also didn’t know they
had closets back then. When did all the crazy
homophobia start? Homophobia seemed to
start in the church during the high Middle Ages. Whoa! And in the Renaissance,
it got even worse. What happened? Well, if you were
outed, let’s just say it would have been bad. Ah! There were still plenty of
brave people who revolted. On August 31, 1512, a
group of young aristocrats living in Florence staged
what many consider history’s first gay rights demonstration. But that didn’t stop
homophobia from migrating to colonial America. In 1776, being gay in any
of the Puritan colonies was not allowed. Jeez. So when did things start
to change for the better? It wasn’t until the
20th century that we started to see progress. Gay bars were popping
up in major cities but were frequently raided by
the police because being gay was still illegal in every
state except Illinois. Go Bears! Exactly. One of these bars was
the popular Stonewall Inn in New York City. On the morning of June 28,
1969, which also happened to be the day of Judy
Garland’s funeral, the patrons of the
Stonewall Inn decided they weren’t going to take it. Hell, yeah. A black transgender woman
named Marsha P. Johnson is credited with leading
the uprising that started the modern
gay rights movement, and putting the T in LGBT. Now, every November, the
Ts and their supporters recognize Transgender
Awareness Week. This is great. It seems like things
were going pretty well. Hmm, for a while. A while? What happened next? Well, in the early
’80s, the world was hit by the AIDS epidemic,
and the gay community was hit hardest. AIDS became known
as a gay disease. In fact, it was
originally called GRID, which means Gay-Related
Immune Deficiency. No way. It’s true. Many people think
that the government didn’t act quickly
enough because it was considered a gay disease. So the LGBTQ community had
to fight it themselves. So how did they fight it? They got organized. Activist groups like ACT UP,
the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Lesbian AIDS Project,
and The Names Project emerged and refused
to be ignored. This newly empowered gay
community had one goal. What was that? To come out. They thought the
problem with homophobia was that people didn’t know
other people who were gay, and if more people
came out, they would be seen for who they are
and not just as a stereotype. Convincing people to come
out was still a tough task. But things got
easier in 1997 when Ellen appeared on the
cover of Time magazine and told the world,
“yep, I’m gay.” After that, more
and more gay people started appearing
in TV and movies, helping millions feel
more confident to love who they want. Wow. What a journey. I’m kind of digging
myself as a gay person. Slow down. We’re not done just yet. But we’ve come so far. Can’t we just
celebrate for a minute? No time for that, Carl. We still have a lot
of laws to change. Oh, yeah. That’s right. Being gay was more accepted, but
there was still a lot of rights that gay people didn’t have. However, they did have something
they didn’t have before. What? Allies. Yeah, in 2003, Massachusetts
became the first state to legalize marriage equality. And 12 years later, it was
legal in all 50 states, much in thanks to a majority
of Americans who supported it. So as a gay person living
in 2019, how would you feel? Pretty happy I live in the
present, grateful for all the heroes who fought before
me, and hopeful for the future. I’m glad because the fight
for equality is still going. It takes a village, and we’re
going to need your help.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Yeah, but giving complete credit to Ellen coming out publicly with the cover of Time as the start of a new era… Not really accurate. More influential celebrities came out first. She wasn't even as popular as they were at the time. She is by far the most famous lesbian in this decade where others popularity have dropped dramatically. There were many brave celebrities who's strength shouldn't be diminished because their popularity did….Ellen said it was their bravery who inspired her. It's a great video with a great message, but the movement of celebrities declaring their sexually started before that magazine…. She is just the one who managed to remain the most popular across many demographics. I am grateful for her and what she's done…. She helped start many conversations between people and has been a role model and example that almost everyone has embraced.

  2. Thank you for making these videos Ellen!!! This awareness is more required than we can ever imagine! People don't know anything about our community's history and I believe this is going to be a great platform for everyone to know and understand the community better. I'm going to send this to my parents soon, before or when I come out to them someday. Once again, Thank you Ellen!! Loads of love from India 💕

  3. This is really cute! Let’s remember that we here in the US have it very lucky, people in other countries aren’t as lucky as this yet.

  4. the sad thing is Ellen was not immediately accepted by the public at the time of her confession. not as smooth as this story. Ellen had to work harder to get through this stage

  5. There is so much you missed. This made it seem simple. Like time is all we needed. Harvey Milk did more then Ellen did. Granted what Ellen did was very good. Just seems a little bias…

  6. Wanda I just absolutely love her love her sense of humor even her voice. We need to have much more of her she's the one in a million

  7. There still so much judgment around it. I can't even be open about it to everyone. I am advice to not share it everyone… Good video though. 💪💪

  8. "The fight is still going…" – that's right! And let's never forget: rights can be taken away as easy as they have been given!


  10. Um its nice but how did he change his sexuality within 5 minutes, i know it's a video but it's really unrealistic. Also they got to mention ellen.

  11. The problem isn't "the church" protestants. The problem is people who are self professed Christian masking around as Christians, see the heathen world has no true discernment, even non-Christians aren't okay with this, and if they are, it's because they are the ones who are afraid. Christians aren't afraid or "homophobic". That's in your head by Hollywood and the media,.

  12. It would be awesome if we all started using LGBTQI. Intersex people exist, and they physically biologically dispel the gender binary myth. It's just one letter, but it has all the answers.

  13. Do remember police coming into clubs in Columbus OH. Always someone at the door watching for police. When they arrived, a red light was turned on and the dancing stopped until the police reviewed the crowd. Light went off when it was safe to dance again.😁👍🌈

  14. Thank you Wanda for giving me the courage to come out. All my life I've believed that a person's sexuality is a private thing, and nobody's business except me and my partner. I've been afraid to publicly state my sexuality for fear of the negative response from some quarters of the community. But today is the day, no more hiding!… I, am a proud heterosexual, and I don't care who knows it. Looking forwards to the parade…

  15. Lucky Americans, at least you people enjoy your life…. Hope the change to happen in India at least with next century…

  16. Nice one… Now I have to remove this video from my YouTube watch history so I won't get any LGBT related suggestions and get caught in my home

  17. Marsha P Johnson did NOT start the Stonewall Riots. She herself admitted that the riot was already starting when she arrived at the inn.

  18. I’m 11, and I want to be “bi” when I’m 15 or older, but I’m not a 💯 sure yet, I still have 4 years to decide

  19. The whole world will never forget who we truly are. We are unstoppable. We have fought, we are still fighting and we will fight for our rights and our lives. We are the LGBT+ community. We are everywhere. 🇺🇸❤️🏳️‍🌈

  20. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈❤ lovely video. Thank you for the fight and support past,present and future

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