[UPDATE: Visit Carol’s blog My heart goes out…]
Hope and encouragement for young people in the USA
I hope every lgbt kid in the USA was watching the Academy Awards tonight, just so they could see and hear this speech:
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 or 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. (Wild applause from the audience.) Thank you, thank you, and thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk.
Sean Penn won for his portrayal of Harvey Milk. Here is part of his acceptance speech:
For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, and, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone. And there are these last two things. I’m very, very proud to live in a country that’s willing to elect an elegant man President. And a country, who for all its toughness, creates courageous artists, and this is in great due respect to all the nominees. But courageous artists who, despite a sensitivity, that sometimes has brought enormous challenge.
UPDATE: More LinksCarol Boltz –for “Milk,” Dustin Lance Black, and why I still stand for equal rights Los Angeles Times – Original screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, ‘Milk’
UPDATE: Backstage Gossip (not related to support for lgbt persons)Backstage Report: Gasping Over Jennifer and Angelina, Saluting Heath