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Jan 19 2017
THE VILLAGE VOICE Previews WHEN WE RISE Comments (0)

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Dustin Lance Black speaks to The Village Voice on his upcoming When We Rise epic miniseries, which chronicles the entire gay rights movement.

Choice quotes:

He claims not to have been totally shocked Trump won:
 
Most of the family I love are still very religious and live in parts of the country where equality isn't welcomed — and wasn't welcomed historically.
 
He is aiming the series at general viewers:
 
When I was growing up, ABC was the station we trusted. I thought, wow, this might be an opportunity to talk about LGBT stories in a way that reaches the people I grew up with. And wouldn't be just preaching to the choir. When I was writing it, I was thinking about a handful of aunts and uncles and cousins, and what it is they don't know yet, and the stories they haven't heard yet.
 

He sought diversity in the creation of the project:

It's called When We Rise for a reason. If you look at my writers room, it was gay and straight and black and white and men and women. And we hashed out those struggles in the room.

More here. When We Rise airs over four nights starting February 27 on ABC.

 
Nov 23 2016
Dustin Lance Black's WHEN WE RISE Gets A Trailer Comments (0)

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Dustin Lance Black's gay-rights epic When We Rise gets a trailer.

Mostly straight actors in the major roles, but looks better than Stonewall ...

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Oct 25 2016
A League Of Their Stonewall Comments (0)

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Win Madonna's autographed shoes, girl!

(Or items featuring Bryan Lourd, Stevie Nicks, Dustin Lance Black, Taylor Swift, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Cyndi Lauper, George Clooney, Demi Lovato and/or Cher.)

It's all for a good cause—the National Park Foundation, which recently embraced the Stonewall National Monument and needs funds to maintain it.

 
Aug 16 2016
Your Daley Dose Comments (0)

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The famous couple narrates a bit more of their love story ...

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Jun 12 2016
Gay-Targeted Mass Shooting In Orlando Linked To Radical Islam Comments (0)

UPDATE: NBC News is reporting that Mateen called 911 moments before he began shooting in order to pledge allegiance to the leader of ISIS.

Evidence is mounting that Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old Port St. Lucie, Florida, resident and security guard—and American-born U.S. citizen—either had ties to the Islamic State or at the very least was a lone wolf who had sworn allegiance to it. If nothing else, it is clear he was radicalized; the government was aware of him as a threat, but was not aware he was planning any attacks.

From Daily Beast:

The attack is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on CNN that, according to Homeland Security and local law enforcement officials, Mateen “made a pledge of allegiance” to ISIS and had been “heard praying in a foreign language.” It is unclear if Mateen was praying during the shooting, Schiff said.

Mateen's father is claiming the shooting had “nothing to do with religion” and everything to do with Mateen's homophobic response to seeing two men kiss recently, but his explanation is either a bald-faced lie or yet another example of the close friends and family members of radicalized terrorists and even just nut jobs having no idea what their loved ones were really up to. 

Florida's useless Gov. Rick Scott, an anti-gay Republican, has declared a state of emergency in the area of the shooting (Orange County) and has briefed the press—but has not talked about the fact that LGBT people were the targets.

As the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, this event will undoubtedly spawn countless tragic stories in the days and weeks to come. I was struck with dread by this anecdote from Daily Beast:

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told CNN that the death toll jumped from 20 to 50 as additional victims were found inside the club. Personnel could not go in immediately as there were suspected explosives. According to Dyer, there were five to eight hostages in one room with the shooter and another 15-20 in a separate room at the time when police entered. 

Mina Justice’s son Eddie was inside the club and texted her when the gunshots erupted, the Associated Press reports. Justice told his mom he and others ran into the bathroom to hide.

“He’s coming,” Justice texted, adding later: “He has us, and he’s in here with us.”

“That was the last conversation,” his mother said.

In other news, an instantly notorious tweet from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas, an avowed anti-gay crusader, was apparently scheduled to be posted well in advance of the shootings, so was not intended to blame the victims' sexual orientations for their murder.

Politicians and celebrities react to the mass murder here.

Notable gay voices reacting to the slaughter: 

 
Mar 01 2016
6-PACK — Trump Owns Christie + Clintons Take Trump Seriously + Oscars Race To The Bottom Of The Ratings + Caitlyn Jenner's Lips Are Finally Free (Her Lipstick Will Cost Ya) + Dustin Lance Black Should Avoid Stand-Up + Hot Jock! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHamster-hung Trump to Christie on video: “Get in the plane and go home.”

*widget boy cultureThe GOP was AWOL on Trump; the Clintons take him very seriously.

1-1456431314DiCaprio's first of many Oscar losses (GIF via MTV)

*widget boy cultureOscars were a bomb, but Leonardo DiCaprio broke a social-media record.

*widget boy cultureFirst promo image for Caitlyn Jenner's lipstick, Finally Free

*widget boy cultureDustin Lance Black non-credibly asserts he was just joshin' with Sam Smith.

*widget boy cultureHot jock Lampis Luca.

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Feb 29 2016
Sam Smith Responds To Dustin Lance Black's Twitter Fit With Maturity, Ian McKellen Chimes In Comments (0)
 

I can't put into words how I feel other than... Hungover and Insanely happy x

A photo posted by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on

Looks like Sam Smith, 23, has more maturity and grace than Dustin Lance Black, self-described “Oscar Owner,” 41: He has responded to Black's unseemly objections to Smith's speech with an apology and a clarification:

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Also of note, Ian McKellen (the source of Smith's impression about gay men winning Oscars), chimed in with this equally classy and gracious tweet:

 
Dustin Lance Black Gets Bitchy Over Sam Smith's Oscar Gaffe Comments (0)

 

UPDATE: As if Black's tweet was not already incredibly petty and defensive, he has taken the battle to TMZ. Classy. He's hiding behind moral outrage over Smith not knowing his LGBT history, but the tweet's tone and the inclusion of Tom Daley speaks volumes.

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Sam Smith stepped in it when he timidly said he thought he may be the first openly gay man to win an Oscar (he was mistaken—many have won Oscars, none have won acting Oscars), but the backlash he's received is ridiculous.

Correct the young man, don't burn him at the stake. The content of his speech was about inclusion and about being out.

I'm particular disappointed in Dustin Lance Black's bitchy tweet. Apparently miffed to have been overlooked by Smith, he got personal, suggesting that Smith has been inappropriately texting Black's fiancé, Tom Daley.

Really beneath him.

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SECOND UPDATE: Now Dustin Lance Black wants to be sure you view him as a brave gay man who paved the way for us: 

 


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