Dustin Lance Black won the best original screenplay Oscar for “Milk” about California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk.
During his speech, Black reminded gay and lesbian teens around the country that they are “beautiful, wonderful creatures of value,” regardless of what their families, church or government might tell them.
“And that no matter what everyone 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,” he said.
“I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life,” he said. “It gave me the hope that one day I could live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married.
He ended his speech thanking God for Harvey Milk.
Directed by Gus Van Sant, the film narrates the story of Milk, a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White. Sean Penn played the main lead in the movie.