Los Angeles LGBT Pride 09 by Ginger Liu

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LA Gay & Lesbian Pride gallery by Ginger Liu

Oscars 2009: Milk and Slumdog Millionaire win for Best Screenplays

Read my article in The Examiner

gl/2009/2/22

Steve Martin and Tina Fey introduced the nominees for the Best Original Screenplay and read the nominees in script form in what was probably the best intro to nominees in Oscar history.

Original Screenplay winner Dustin Lance Black made a forceful acceptance speech for his win for

“Milk”. Speaking to a gay audience he said, “I want to thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you, God, for giving us Harvey Milk.”

Adapted Screenplay winner, Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire, “There are certain places in the universe you never imagine standing. For me it’s the moon, the South Pole, the Miss World podium and here.”

Obama: Shame on You

Message to the LA County 70%: Tell me about your struggle. The struggle that is soooo much more important than the gay and lesbian struggle. 

Did your parents disown you because you are black? No? Happens to gay and lesbians every day.

Have you ever been afraid that your family, friends, and work colleagues would disown you if you were black? No? Gays and lesbians struggle constantly with coming and being out.

Did you get beaten up and bullied at school because you are black? No? Happens to gay and lesbians more now than ever before. Teachers turn a blind eye.

Did you have to hide the real you and live a lie because you were afraid to be black? No? Happens every day to gays and lesbians.

Do you kill yourself because you are black? No? Gay and lesbians teenagers are amongst the highest percentage of suicides.

Where you ever denied the right to marry the person you love because you are black? No? Well that’s happening right now in California. Thanks to you.

Oh, and another thing. Did you make a choice to be black? No? Well neither do gay and lesbians.

So now the truth is out. You got us all supporting your “struggle,” yet you’re just as bigoted as the “white man” you constantly bitch about. 

We were brothers and sisters fighting for the same cause and yet you dare to state that the gay and lesbian struggle is NOT a Civil Rights issue

Shame on you. 

I’m done supporting your Civil Rights