Dustin Lance Black on Harvey Milk, “Under the Banner of Heaven” & How Love Is Good For You

“I believe loving someone makes you a better person,” says Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black. Moreover, Black doesn’t believe the state can tell you who that person is.

Gay right activist Black won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for 2008’s “Milk” and visited Elmhurst College on Thursday to deliver his talk “Harvey Milk, Proposition 8 and Me.”

Black’s play “8,” about California anti-gay marriage initiative Proposition 8, was broadcast on YouTube with a cast featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly, among others.

Below, the former writer on HBO’s “Big Love” and screenwriter for Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” talks about his own desire to get married, Harvey Milk and the recent controversy with Pasadena City College, which disinvited him to give its commencement address after it learned of an old sex tape.

You can listen to the entire exchange—in which Black talks about his upcoming collaboration with Ron Howard for “Under the Banner of Heaven” and more—by finding “The Big Questions” on iTunes, YouTube or SoundCloud.

The Big Questions is part of Sun-Times Media Local’s podcast network.

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