1. There’s a lot of evidence that they were incredibly unsuccessful being heterosexual, and at the very least, these men cared for each other greatly and wanted to spend their lives together. But in order to be truthful to the period, I could not have them talking about their love for each other. That was inaccurate. … And I do think a lot of people in the gay and lesbian community were hoping for that kind of film, but I think we have to be truthful about what gay life was like back then, and it looked nothing like it looks now.

    — Dustin Lance Black talks about portraying the relationship between J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson in a way that was appropriate for the pre-Stonewall era. 

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  1. We have a generational divide in terms of vocabulary. People ask him, ‘Do you think J. Edgar Hoover was gay?’ And he says, ‘I don’t know.’ And for a man who just directed this film, that’s a surprising answer, because I think the audience walks away with a clear impression [that he was]. But for Clint Eastwood and his generation, to be gay means a sexual act. And for him to know means that he would need proof of that sexual act. And I’ve had this conversation, and I’ve said, ‘For my generation, you don’t ever have to have sex to be gay or lesbian. It’s a part of your nature. It’s who you are. It’s who you bond with, who you fall in love with.’ So we have a divide in terms of vocabulary.

    — Dustin Lance Black on how he and Clint Eastwood, who directed the film, differed on their vocabulary

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  1. veronica-wasboyski:

    Dustin Lance Black | Best Original Screenplay- Milk | 2009

    Remember this? It breaks my heart every time I watch it.

    If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he would want me to say to all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told they are less than by the churches, by the government, 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.

    On today’s Fresh Air, Dustin Lance Black talks about crafting the story of J. Edgar

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Dustin Lance Black for OUT’s 100.
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Tomorrow: screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, on J. Edgar, Milk, and Big Love. 

    jesseboy:

    Dustin Lance Black for OUT’s 100.

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    Tomorrow: screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, on J. Edgar, Milk, and Big Love. 

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