My mash up video against gay bullying and marriage inequality

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    Nov 24, 2014 8:41 PM GMT
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    Hi all. I make mash up videos as a kind of creative hobby. Just wanted to share one I've done on gay bullying and marriage inequality. Feel free to comment on youtube if you like it (or if you don't).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgNdmWTrGBE


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    Nov 24, 2014 9:14 PM GMT


    That was extremely difficult for me to watch. It brought back some powerful memories and feelings. It was worth the watching.

    Thanks, and I'd like to share this on FB if you don't mind.
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    Nov 24, 2014 10:17 PM GMT
    @meninlove - Thanks man. I hear what you're saying because I have enough bad memories of my own and in that respect making the video was quite cathartic. I hope you're at a much lovelier part of your life now. icon_smile.gif

    Pleased you felt it was worth watching so I'm assuming the later parts of the vid made up for the harsh first part. I'm absolutely honoured you want to share the video on FB. Please feel free. Anyone who wants to share the link can feel free to.

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    Nov 24, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    Braeden, there are a lot of Boomer parents and gen-x-er parents looking at my FB, and some should see it. Thanks again.

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    Nov 24, 2014 10:52 PM GMT
    Well, you've just gone (with any luck) viral, and here is how I presented it:

    "This is NOT for the faint of heart, but explains in great detail what I faced way back when, and what young gay people face today. It was difficult for us to watch but worth it. It's long, but the fellow who created it on another website captured a deep part of what it is to be gay. It focuses on what is truly the essence of being gay. Like being straight, it's about love, emotion, romance, commitment and courage. So without more preamble, and with the vid creator's permission...."
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    Nov 24, 2014 11:19 PM GMT
    Too bad I couldn't hear the sound, even with the volume turned all the way up.

    Try Sound Forge or something similar to enhance the audio.
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    Nov 25, 2014 2:27 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidToo bad I couldn't hear the sound, even with the volume turned all the way up.

    Try Sound Forge or something similar to enhance the audio.


    I had to turn the volume down!

    Here's a few FB comments so far, only one from a gay person, all others are from straight people:

    (straight lady) "Very hard to watch. The words escape me when trying to convey how sorry I am that you have had to face this in your life. I pray a day will come when people will truly become far more accepting and open-minded."

    (straight lady) "WEll,this sure tugged at my Heart in a few differnt ways.Certainly feel a range of emotions watching this.Thanks Doug..;>"

    (gay fellow) "I couldn't watch all of this. I guess in my head times are getting better so I can't help but try to stay positive and a beacon of hope to anyone in the LGBT community who is going through struggles."

    (straight man)

    "Doug?I can't watch this stuff too much anymore either. Me and a Friend, (both of us over 6' and with our own mean streak, used to protect some of our gay friends.) By that, I mean, really hurting the bad guys. Sometimes it was when the gay bashers already had gays on the ground and were just going AT them, and sometimes we got there on time. Sometimes because we knew then and wanted to have some fun with the scum because they were 'there.' Talk about losing one's soul. But the thing is, I said, we are not always going to be around and if we are... not always on time. He agreed. I added, that is not the way to, and he joined me "Make Change Happen." I hate violence, had a lot done to me, grew MEAN, and seeing scum picking on peaceful people was too much, but it was/is against my principles. Things did change. So did I. And you are right, things were BAD, REALLY BAD not so long ago. I am still wondering and still worried about women and people of other colours. On the other hand, I am worried about ME. This is no way to get along. I have not seen it ALL, gay/woman/race bashing, but I have seen too much. 1 case is too much."
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    Nov 25, 2014 5:34 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidToo bad I couldn't hear the sound, even with the volume turned all the way up.

    Try Sound Forge or something similar to enhance the audio.


    Paulflexes, For everyone else listening the audio has been at quite a good bright volume. You might find you're encountering a known issue with youtube on some browsers, where it loads videos with the 'mute' turned on. There will be an 'x' on the volume control beside the play button at the bottom of the video. Unmuting that turns the volume on. I'm not sure why youtube does that sometimes but not most of the time.
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    Nov 25, 2014 5:42 AM GMT
    @meninlove - Wow thanks so much for the FB posting and your wonderful preamble comment! I can see why a couple of commentors were dismayed by the first part of the video, which is intentionally brutal, to convey the fullness and emotional impact of gay bullying. I'm sorry they didn't make it the latter part of the video where the tone changes, the situation in some of the video storyline reverses and the sadness is turned into joy and beauty and, hopefully, a sense of triumph over the pain.

    Still, thanks for your own response and support, which has been great and much appreciated!

    For anyone else who watches, it may help to know that's where the video eventually gets to.



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    Nov 25, 2014 5:53 AM GMT
    I posted it to my twitter.

    All the bullies who bullied me are fat and ugly and miserable. I win. LOL

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    Nov 25, 2014 2:18 PM GMT
    @2Bnaked - haha...love the spirit of what you say! Cheers for posting it to twitter.
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    Nov 25, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
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    Nov 25, 2014 11:43 PM GMT
    This brought back some painful memories when I was younger. I think the hardest part was that preacher's voice at the beginning.
    Thanks for making this video by the way. I really appreciate it since I myself have been bullied for this reason back then when I was younger.
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    Nov 26, 2014 8:13 AM GMT
    Thanks muchly for the further feedback guys.

    Pell - thanks for the bump!

    MuchMore - You make a good point and something I should think about in future. The idea for the first song was that it was a full on barage, including the audio and text but you're right it might be too many things to pay attention to.

    Really pleased you've spotted the clips are from films worth watching in their entirety. North Sea Texas is my own favourite.

    Ronar - It's amazed me how many people have identified with the bullying part of the video but I'm so pleased you nevertheless appreciated the fact that the vid goes on to transcend that. Transcending the bullying is the main point of the vid after all. Much respect for doing that yourself!