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    February 23, 2009

    Dustin Lance Black, award winning speech

    Posted by: Andoni

    If an Oscar were given for best acceptance speech while receiving an Oscar, Dustin Lance Black would win my vote. Black, who won the Academy Award for for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk," brought tears to my eyes with a brief description of his own personal struggle of being gay in a hostile world, then gave hope to millions of young gays by paraphrasing Harvey Milk, asking them to love themselves and assuring them that very soon they would have equal rights federally across this land.

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    1. Strict Scrutiny on Feb 23, 2009 9:55:15 AM:

      I completely agree. Sean Penn also gave a good speech.

    1. Tim C on Feb 23, 2009 10:30:38 AM:

      I finally saw 'Milk' this weekend and was really chilled at what a close thing the Briggs Initiative was. I was also fascinated with how many city councils were, in the late '70s, passing non-discrimination ordinances, even though they were overturned in ballot initiatives. Does anyone know the history of these ordinances and what was going on sociologically that made the city councils pass these, when gay people were still largely invisible?

    1. Marty on Feb 23, 2009 12:13:41 PM:

      Loved his speech, hated the on-cue politically correct applause...

    1. Tom L on Feb 23, 2009 7:28:51 PM:

      What a great moment it was. It was a well written and delivered speach and gave the most important message of all - hope to every 13 year old across American that maybe after all they are important and valuable. There is no better forum for reaching these young people in living rooms across the country than the Oscars. Good job.

      It reminded me to look up Tom Hanks' acceptance speach from Philidelphia 14 years ago. It is worth another look as it comes from a time and gives a message that wasn't being heard:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBuDMEpUc8k

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