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Dustin Lance Black And Team Open Up About Prop 8-Themed Broadway Play!

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Sounds like this will be something truly special!

Last month, we heard all about Dustin Lance Black's new play 8, which focuses on the federal case challenging Prop 8!

We'd heard that the play would premiere as a Broadway benefit reading for one night only on Sept. 19th in NYC. We also heard it would feature an A-list ensemble cast including Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Edwards, Rob Reiner, John Lithgow, and Bradley Whitford….AND Matt Bomer & Cheyenne Jackson playing husbands!

Now, the play about the Prop 8 case opens in less than a week, and everyone seem VERY excited about it!

Here's what president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights Chad Griffin had to say about the play:

Cheyenne Jackson And Matt Bomer To Play HUSBANDS In Dustin Lance Bass Black's 8!

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Yeah. Can someone come over here and re-attach our jaw?

It seemed to have fallen off, and we can't get it off the floor!

Dustin Lance Black will be premiering his new play 8 - which focuses on the federal case challenging Prop 8 - for one night only on September 19th in New York City as a benefit reading, which will not only feature an A-list ensemble of Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Edwards, Rob Reiner, John Lithgow, and Bradley Whitford, but according to new reports:

Clint Eastwood Wants Joaquin Phoenix to Play J. Edgar Hoover’s Lover

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Ha. Was James Franco unavailable?!

Clint Eastwood is finalizing plans to direct Hoover, a film about J. Edgar Hoover and his protégé, Clyde Tolson. The script, who was written by Dustin Lance Black, tells the story of the two assumed lovers that headed the FBI.

Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks for the role of Hoover and Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be first choice for Tolson.

Hoover and Tolson were not only in close contact at the Bureau, but they dined, socialized and vacationed together. When Hoover died, Tolson became the beneficiary of his life-insurance policy, inherited his estate and eventually moved into his house.

Wowsa! Very inneresting.

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Ryan Murphy Is Our Hero!

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Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, has already written an open letter discussing the vicious and homophobic article in Newsweek magazine that asserted that gay actors are incapable of successfully portraying a heterosexual character.

He has just released a second follow-up letter, and basically proves what a decent, stand-up guy he is!

He writes:

I want to issue a personal thank you to GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios, writer/director Dustin Lance Black and countless others who have joined me in condemning Newsweek magazine and asking for an apology for their recent article ‘Straight Jacket,’ a hurtful bigoted diatribe in which they basically asserted that gay actors should not play straight roles because they are not “believable.” So far, Newsweek magazine has declined to issue an apology, other than to say they are big fans of the show I co-created, Glee — even the straight dudes around the Newsweek offices. I say thanks for your support, however glib, and continue — with many others offended by the article — to wait for a more substantial articulate response.

But in better more constructive news: Ramin Setoodeh, the author of the article, reached out to me today and accepted my offer to sit with myself and the writers of GleeBrad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — to discuss not only why we found the piece so offensive, but also to observe our creative process and see how we construct a TV show dedicated exclusively to the idea of inclusiveness and acceptance for all — ideas solely absent in his ‘Straight Jacket’ article.

Along with inviting him into our Glee writers room, I will also let him observe our casting process…so he can witness first hand — and speak to — actors who audition for our show and who are already series regulars — actors who are encouraged to read for ALL roles, no matter what their sexual orientation, color or gender. Who cares who you are or who you sleep with — men, women, sheep — frankly, it’s none of our business or concern. The actor with the best audition should get the part. On Glee, straight actors play gay roles, gay actors play straight roles and no one is discriminated against. I hope observing this process firsthand — and talking with our cast — will be illuminating to Mr. Setoodeh, and inform his future journalistic endeavors.

In my telephone conversation with him, Mr. Setoodeh mentioned how he feels cornered, misunderstood and unfairly attacked. I look forward to hearing his reasons for writing the article, and will of course listen with an open heart and mind. Vicious anonymous attacks — which Mr. Setoodeh feels he has been subjected to over the past two days — aren’t cool or acceptable, and get us no where. What DOES move the ball forward is education and a fair and open dialogue, and I want Mr. Setoodeh to know that all of us at Glee are committed to that, and encourage it.

Ryan

What an unbelievably smart and fair plan of attack!

We applaud you for keeping your cool and standing your ground, Ryan and company!

Hopefully, the other parties involved will follow suit and treat you with the same respect and openness you have given them!

Equality for ALL!

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Dustin Lance Black Banned From College Campus

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This is outrageous!

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was banned from speaking at Hope College in Michigan after the administration deemed him too "opinionated."

The openly gay Black is in the area filming What's Wrong with Virginia and was originally invited to take part in two separate events on campus including speaking to a screenwriting class and taking place in roundtable discussion about sexuality.

Both sound very beneficial to students and more than appropriate to us in a setting of higher education!

But the Dean of Students Richard Frost disagrees saying that "from past experience, strongly-opinionated speakers usually don’t further academic discussions about gay, lesbian or transgender issues."

That makes absolutely NO sense!

Students are understandably upset at their decision as Black, an ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING SCREENWRITER, would be an invaluable educational resource!

An angry student writes:

"Students on both sides of the homosexuality culture war are outraged that their college's administration doesn't think they're mature enough to discuss important issues on campus respectfully, or even sanely. Doesn't our school have a Communications department? And what kind of spineless nitwits do Hope's donors want the college to produce? Homosexuality isn't going away. The pissed-off and hurt students aren't going away. The Administration is censoring academic discussion of one of the great social issues of our time. Sounds like the dark ages to me."

The dark ages is right!

Hope College is affiliated with Reform Church of America, which in 2005 approved a recommendation "to immediately begin an honest and intentional denomination-wide dialogue on homosexuality."

This blatant censorship certainly doesn't sound like an "honest and intentional" dialogue to us!

More like NO dialogue at all!

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Celebs Show Up To Do Good

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Doing good and looking good!

The stars came out in droves to support the Trevor Project at their annual summer gala in New York City on Monday night.

The Trevor Project focuses on "crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth."

Those in attendance included Jewel, Lance Bass, Cheyenne Jackson, Dustin Lance Black, Meghan McCain, Mark Consuelos, Caroline Rhea, and Carson Kressley.

The Trevor Project is also the only organization in the US that operates a "nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth."

CLICK HERE for more information on the great work they do!

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Speaking From The Heart

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Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) gave a very powerful speech at an event for gay youth in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Click here to check it out!