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Feb 03 2017
Dustin Lance Black On Trans Actors In WHEN WE RISE Comments (0)

Via PrideSource: Dustin Lance Black (pictured; image via ABC) wants trans people in trans roles:

First and foremost, when I'm casting any role, I'm gonna look for somebody who can DLBmain bring a part of their experience to the role. They still have to be a great actor, so if I can't find anyone in the world who shares some experience that they're about to portray in this character, who's also a good actor, then I'll happily go for someone else. And the big surprise is, it was not hard to find amazing trans actors and actresses to play these parts. What was difficult was deciding who to cast because so many great tapes came in. So, I call bullshit on Hollywood if they say it's difficult. And if they think it's difficult, then they should call our casting directors because they found unbelievable trans actors and actresses, and it was actually tough to decide who to cast.

Regarding why an out gay actor didn't play Harvey Milk in Milk in 2008, he said:

Years ago, it was difficult to find openly gay actors to play openly gay roles — that was difficult. When we were doing Milk, that's what we said we wanted to do, and the studio gave us full permission to do that. So, we called agents and manager friends and they all said they didn't have any gay actors or actresses, which is funny since I knew some of their clients were gay!

 
Jan 21 2017
Tom Daley Opens Up On So-Called Cheating Scandal Comments (0)

Tom Daley got caught getting sexy online for a British fan, has said he was “on a break” from hubby-to-be Dustin Lance Black.

My only question is: Why did Daley talk to The Sun tabloid about this? He gave them extensive quotes and defensively assured them that he still intended to marry Black:

This will absolutely never happen again now that we’re getting married. The date is set, and we’re raring and ready to go for that wedding now.

Lance and I had a period of time apart, and then coming back together and realising we’re meant for each other.

I’m 22 years old, and if you talk to someone through social media it is what it is. It was nothing more than that. We never physically met.

But in the modern world this is what can happen — things are more accessible online, and distributed, and they spread like wildfire.

It just sounds desperate. I would have stonewalled any tabloids.

 
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.

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*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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