No Shame :: Dustin Lance Black Responds After College Rejects Him
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was asked to be the commencement speaker at his alma mater, Pasadena City College, but officials from the school took back their invitation after they learned Black had been involved in an explicit sex scandal, according to the Pasadena City College Courier.
Black, however, fired back in an open letter in Out magazine, and defended himself and the sex pics that leaked online in 2009.
This morning, I woke up to the headline that I have been disinvited to speak at my Alma Mater. The reasoning: That I was involved in a ’scandal’ in 2009 regarding extremely personal photographs that were put up on Internet gossip sites of me and my ex-boyfriend.
For too long now I’ve sat silent on this issue. That ends here and now and with this sentence: I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer.
In 2009 a group of people surreptitiously lifted images from my ex’s computer and shopped them around to gossip sites in a money making scheme. These were old images from a far simpler time in my life, a time before digital camera phones and Internet scandals. They were photos of me with a man I cared for, a man who shared my Mormon background, and who was also struggling with who he was versus where he came from. And yes, we were doing what gay men do when they love and trust each other, we were having sex. I have never lied about my sexuality. If you invade my privacy, this is what you will find. I have sex. It brings me joy, fosters intimacy and helps love grow. I hope anyone reading this can say the same for themselves and for their parents.