Dustin Lance Black Oscar Acceptance Saves Lives, Gives Hope


 “Milk” Screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black gives his acceptance speech at the 2008 Oscars.   He pays special tribute to his mother who loved him and supported him even when pressured not to.  He sends out a special message of hope to all GLBT people who may have doubts about their lives and their value.

BLACK: When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas, to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life; it gave me the hope that one day I could live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married. […]

Most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told they are less than by their churches, or by the government, or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value. And that no matter what everyone tells you, God does love you, and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.

Black’s speech was greeted by loud applause. Watch it!

Did you notice the White Knots?*  Black was wearing one and there were others on the red carpet wearing theirs, too.                                     


*The White Knot is the symbol for marriage equality. Wear it every day to show your support and to create conversation. Use it to tell someone today that equal rights are important to everyone. Share the White Knot and spread the word that all loving couples deserve the same legal rights, benefits, and respect that civil marriage bestows.

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