I love making LGBT / GLBT vlogs — in this one I talk about the lack of gay history education in the majority of US high schools. Make sure to hit the “Like” button …

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  1. Gay history involved two types of people, both of whom suffered.

    Those who came out and fought for the rights we have today faced physical violence and torment, some couldn't handle the pressure and many lost their lives either at the hands of others or their own.

    Those of us who were repressed/closeted faced an inner struggle, and some missed out on much of life's experiences because of it. Events such as prom were skipped, the sphere of friends was extremely small and lacked depth and bonding due to being different, and the many firsts (kisses, dates, etc) that teens experience were not had.For some, the entire aspect of romance in their lives was put on hold. Yes, some played the part and dated the opposite sex, and perhaps even had children or were married, but it was all a sham. There was no emotional connection. On top of the emotional loss, those who did not participate in heteronormative behavior were deemed to be different ("gay") and treated poorly despite never having admitted to it. The late 1970s and early 1980s were really tough for gay people whether in the closet of not. The prevailing attitude toward gay people was equivalent to being a sexual predator. Many still believed that it was a mental illness, and many states still had laws criminalizing gay activity. There were no protections and even the government was firing people based on sexual orientation. It was a very scary world for young gay people, which made it more attractive to remain closeted.

    In the 1990s some closeted people began to come out, and Ellen's revelation was a major turning point for many. But some of us had established families and lives under the cloud of shame, and coming out from that was not as easy as just making a decision. There were still attitudes within families and social groups, and radicals such as the Westboro Baptist Church began to be more vocal. As small and insignificant as that group may be, their impact on attitudes is much larger than most understand.

    My coming out occurred after my father passed away. He being a clinical psychologist who expressed verbally disdain for "people who follow another lifestyle", helped to keep me from fully embracing my true self. In January of 2015, I finally began the coming out process after 36 years of hiding. Today, the only person I haven't come out to is my daughter, who is struggling with anxiety and has mild Autism. I still haven't dated, but that is mostly due to me being in a rural part of Maine with little opportunity, and my aversion to "hooking up" just for the physical pleasure. I seek an emotional connection with someone. Yes, that may take time, and perhaps some travel, but I prefer a quality relationship over quantity.

  2. I've asked history teachers why we don't learn about anything after 1980 is because they think it is so recent that it is common knowledge and not worth the time.

  3. You are so cute and adorable! Thank you for talking about that incredible documentary. I was there, I'm thirty years HIV positive and I'm still here!

  4. You are so right.  We really need to know our history to learn from it.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_history

  5. Hey that pictur of the two hands in the background!reminds me of The fairy god parents on the redo episode

  6. In my school in Texas, our teacher mentioned the there was a gay rights movement, but the majority of the students acted disgusted. I honestly dont think that any direct form of gay culture education will be here any time soon.

  7. I enjoyed this video very much. I have some very interesting facts on this subject that many do not know about. Check it out: Gay Rights Advocacy Speech Part 1

  8. Hey David, if you want to learn more about LGBT history, please shoot me a message. I'm close to graduating with a Bachelor's in History and I've written a few papers that were connected with LGBT history! 🙂

  9. Gay history isnt limited to the last 50 years….A little Gay History published by the British Museum is an awesome book

  10. DAVID i love your vlogs!!! just subscribed today and now i've been watching all of them!
    i'm really pissed that in schools here in Australia (and I'm sure it's the same in America) don't teach kids about gay sex alongside hetero sex! There's so much stigmatic ignorance surrounding gay relationships and gay sex that could easily be solved by the cooperation of schools and the education of impressionable young minds. I knew basically NOTHING about homosexuality when I realised I was gay. It's sad.

  11. This has really got me thinking. I'm in highschool at the moment, and our history lessons cover racial imequalities. Why not do the same with lgbt?

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