Reading this morning, I ran across a surprising, and also bothersome story about Dustin Lance Black, being dis-invited to be commencement speaker at his alma mater, Pasadena City College. This is a man whom I admire and look up to for all his accomplishments and most certainly his personal involvement for LBGT rights and marriage equality, yet, gets told by Board President Anthony Fellow “We’ll be on the radio and on television. We just don’t want to give PCC a bad name.”
The Internet has been buzzing since British Olympic diver Tom Daley, 19, posted a YouTube video in which he tells how, while he still “fancies girls”, he is dating a man. In the video, Daley avoids declaring whether he’s Bi or Gay, and does not identify his beau. Posted on December 2nd, in 5 days it’s garnered over 9.6 million views.
E! online reported the next day that Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, 39, is the boyfriend. That evening, Black Tweeted “Slept all day today after my trip to Russia. Did I miss anything?” (wink wink, nudge nudge) As of this writing, neither man has officially confirmed the reports, and among the accolades and congratulations making their way across the Internet are comments by some who take a dim view of the age difference. ‘May-December romance!’ some proclaim, although it’s more like ‘May – early August’ (Black isn’t even 40 yet, after all!).
To the nay-sayers I say, hush! This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. And on this subject, I am the voice of experience.
Produced in Association with Broadway Producer Michael Butler (HAiR) and Michael Butler Entertainment Group, Civic Leaders and Star-Studded Cast Join Nationwide Production of Landmark Marriage Equality Play by Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of Milk & J. Edgar
If you’re not in LA for the West Coast reading of Dustin Lance Black’s new play ‘8‘, fear not. The play about the Prop 8 trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger is going to be streamed live on YouTube Saturday (tomorrow), March 3. Brad Pitt joins the all-star cast as Judge Walker, with some of our favorite actors including George Takei, George Clooney, Matt Bomer, Martin Sheen, Mathew Morrison, and Jane Lynch.
The pre-show special with director Rob Reiner begins at 7:30pm (PST), and the reading will start at 7:45pm.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights has all the other details you could possibly want.
“It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” Clooney said. “I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people — like all human beings — are born equal in dignity and rights.”
Opponents of Proposition 8 have called on the court to unseal the video of the federal trial for the public to see. A ruling is expected soon. In the meantime, the limited showing of 8 will have to suffice.
“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial,” says Black, the Oscar-winning writer of the Harvey Milk biopic Milk as well as this year’s J. Edgar, “if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter.”
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“8,” the work-in-progress play by screenwriter Dustin Lance Black that dramatizes the legal battle over Proposition 8, will make its Los Angeles debut March 3 in a staged reading directed by Rob Reiner.
The play will be performed for one night only at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
The production will serve as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Black and Reiner are founding board members of the advocacy organization, which has fought to overturn the controversial ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California.
“8” received a one-night-only reading in September at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York. The benefit event was directed by Joe Mantello and starred Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow, Christine Lahti, Cheyenne Jackson and Ellen Barkin.
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The 2011 LGBT History Month Website is now online!
Each day in October, an Icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. These resources are available without charge. Organizations, educational institutions, workplace groups and individuals can obtain for free the featured Icon’s video for each day in October. A free and easily embedded video player provides the Icon’s video, which is automatically updated daily.
LGBT History Month 2011 includes an internal search engine for all 186 Icons from inception in 2006 to present. By clicking on “Icon Search” and choosing one of hundreds of categories such as African-American, Athlete, California, Germany, HIV/AIDS, Military, Religion, Transgender, Youth; visitors to the site will be provided with links to all Icons in that category.
As part of the I’m From Driftwood Campaign, Dustin tells his coming out story.
Check out The Advocate.com for information on another project, Courage Campaign’s Testimony Project. Dustin will bring a video crew to record your story, if it’s one of the many that will be selected from submissions made to the site.