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Two Big Oscar Nods

Jim Burroway

February 22nd, 2009

Sean Penn, who won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, gave a great shout-out to those who voted to strip California’s gays and lesbians of their right to marry:

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.

Earlier, Milk’s screenwriter Dustin Lance Black won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. His acceptance speech was undoubtedly the most moving:

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…When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life, it gave me the hope to one day live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married.

(He chokes up, audience begins to applaud.)

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.

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Johnson
February 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Seems the LDS Church got an unexpected Bonus with their fight against Prop 8 (added to the latest with Chris Buttars): Mormon and Anti-Gay are now officially synonymous.

Timothy Kincaid
February 23rd, 2009 | LINK

There is just something delightful about having the only “thank you God” coming from a gay man. It throws anti-gays into complete confusion.

cowboy
February 23rd, 2009 | LINK

In the “ROMANCE” section of last night’s OSCAR program, they wisely included full face-on-face male-on-male kissing in the montage.

That might have forced some sort of explanation to younger viewing audiences…but it certainly caught my eye and it would certainly have made me a whole lot happier seeing that when I was younger.

But were there any lesbian romantic scenes? (A nod to Emily K.)

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