Said Daley in his video: "In spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and they made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. And that someone is a guy. It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen, but it wasn't until spring this year that something just clicked. It felt right and I thought, 'OK,' and my whole world changed there and then."
Dustin Lance Black Hub
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) argues that NYC mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will fight for those who, like her, have felt the sting of discrimination - in particular, LGBT youth who come to New York looking for a place where they are accepted.
Black believes her success and effectiveness will be an inspiration to others, "not just people from the LGBT community, not just women, but any group that has ever been discriminated against."
Watch Black's clip, put out by the Quinn campaign today, AFTER THE JUMP...
The American Foundation for Equal Rights has released a poignant behind-the-scenes video about the days before and after the Supreme Court's hearing on the Prop 8 case. Among those interviewed in this clip are of the several plaintiffs and their families, David Boies, Cleve Jones as well as Dustin Lance Black, who ends the video with the following quote:
"We're not done in this movement for LGBT equality. Next is, let's get back to work and keep fighting to make sure the next generation's lives are better than ours."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.
Towleroad intern Sam Greisman mentioned last Friday that he was headed to DC to present his mother Sally Field with HRC's Ally for Equality Award. So he did, and he was marvelous, setting the stage with stories of gratitude and humor before the lovely actress took the mic to deliver a touching and eloquent speech of her own.
Field's remarks, delivered after she removed her heels to meet the mic halfway, emphasized the biological innateness of being gay. "Sam is what nature intended him to be," she told the audience. She knew well before her son that he was gay, of course, and had wanted to explain it all to him, but thanks to her other sons' insistence, she let Sam find his own way. And she couldn't be more proud.
Parents who kick out their children or turn their backs, she said, need to realize "these children have something important to teach their parents:" Love and acceptance. Some children are gay, she explains, "So the f*ck what?"
In addition to the always lively Field, last night's festivities also included speeches from Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and Newark's hero mayor, Cory Booker, as well as the presentation of the National Equality Award to the NAACP and its president, Ben Jealous.
Introduced by HRC president Chad Griffin and a video highlighting his organization's commitment to equality, Jealous told the audience that we owe it to our children to turn our pledge of allegiance — "liberty and justice for all," in case you've forgotten — into a reality.
"As an American people, we celebrate the many times that our nation has led this world away from hate and ever toward hope," he said. "In this precipitous moment, when we as a movement are on the brink of massive change and tremendous progress...let us stand up for marriage equality from coast-to-coast and border-to-border!"
Watch videos of all the speeches, including Sam's introduction of Ms. Field (!), AFTER THE JUMP.
The West Coast performance of Dustin Lance Black's dramatization of the Prop 8 trial will be broadcast to radio this month, the AP reports:
"A recording by L.A. Theatre Works of the March 3 performance in Los Angeles will be broadcast in the coming days on 90.7 KPFK in Southern California, 89.7 WGBH in Boston, 91.5 WBEZ in Chicago, 94.9 KUOW in Seattle, 91.1 KRCB in San Francisco, 89.3 WPFW in Washington, D.C.; and over 100 other markets nationwide. June is Gay Pride Month."
More information on '8' can be found here.
As I noted on Friday, a group of LDS Church members called 'Mormons Building Bridges' marched in yesterday's Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City as an act of reconciliation with the LGBT community, and made quite an impression, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Mormons Building Bridges followed right behind [Grand Marshal Dustin Lance] Black in the parade. The men in beige suits and ties and the little girls in white dresses were a sharp contrast to the pounding music and dancers behind them, but the crowd clapped and shouted their approval for the folks in their Sunday best. Erika Munson, a mom of five from Sandy, started the group a few weeks ago to show her support for the LGBT community and to encourage members of her religion to do the same in a public way.
Holly Nelson, a 38-year-old lesbian who lives in Murray, had tears in their eyes as the Mormons walked past.
"I think it’s amazing," she said. "It’s been so hard to be in Utah knowing the Mormon church is against the gay community."
Black also gave a speech talking about bridging the gap between Mormonism and being an LGBT person.
Watch a video of the group marching and the Black clip, AFTER THE JUMP...