Dustin Lance Black also won the award for Best Original Screenplay for his film “Milk”.
Black wrote the 2008 film “Milk,” which starred Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, a local politician in San Francisco who fought for gay rights before being murdered. The film became a nominee for Best Picture, and Black won the award for Best Original Screenplay.
“I heard the story of Harvey Milk, and it gave me hope,” he said in his speech. “It gave me hope to live my life openly as who I am and maybe fall in love and even get married one day.”
He is now married to Olympian Tom Daley.
“To all the gay and lesbian kids tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families, you are beautiful and wonderful creatures,” he added.