Monday, February 23, 2009

"Very Soon... You Will Have Equal Rights"

In case you missed the Oscars last night, below is a YouTube clip of Dustin Lance Black accepting his award for Original Screenplay for the movie Milk (which Sean Penn also won an award for Best Actor in).

As I watched the awards last night, I imagined Harvey Milk would be proud. Here was an openly gay screenwriter, telling LGBT young people they are "beautiful creatures" before one of the biggest television audiences in America. His acceptance speech was one of the most moving I've seen, and pivotal for putting LGBT equality in the spotlight for a special evening...

2 comments:

Mariah and Byron Edgington said...

From our blog, 2/23--In his Oscar acceptance speech last evening Sean Penn mentioned "the shame they continue to live in, they'll pass on to their children & grandchildren." He was referring to people in California who voted yes on Prop 8. Here's hoping Penn's Oscar win for his portrayal of Harvey Milk creates the kind of momentum needed to finally secure equal rights, including marriage equality for everyone, not just in California but across this nation. For our religious friends, it is time to listen to the founder of your liturgy, truly listen to what He said, unburden yourselves of your self-righteous hatred and bigotry and accept the simple truth that everyone, black, white, male, female, gay, straight deserves to love and be loved, and to marry who they love and cherish. It is time.

Gabi Clayton said...

Also check out this interview after the Oscars event with Cleve Jones, the American activist who conceived of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and a good friend of Harvey Milk. This is from The Rachel Maddow Show, with Alison Stewart hosting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iblOfpisXWY