Dustin Lance Black at UCD on the May marriage equality referendum.
A memorable speech.
But don’t take our word for it.
Ian Fahy, auditor of the UCD Laaw Society, writes:
I would like to draw your attention to a speech delivered by Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk (2008), Dustin Lance Black at an event to confer him with Honorary Life membership of the UCD Law Society.. Black’s boyfriend, British Diving Champion, Tom Daley also attended the award event.
He delivered an impassioned speech about the strength of storytelling and the effect it can have on winning the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum in Ireland.
It was truly one of the most incredible speeches delivered to the UCD Law Society and has been recognised as such by long standing University officials.
Black is an internationally recognised advocate for Gay rights across the world and took time to specifically come to Ireland to deliver this speech in the hope of having some impact on the upcoming referendum.
He reminisced about his youth and the struggle he faced with coming to terms with his own sexuality – something that was extremely difficult and dangerous coming from a Mormon-Texan-military family. He called for the youth of Ireland to tell their own stories, something that he claims is the most powerful form of achieving positive change.
My term as Auditor is coming to end, and over my last three years in UCD I have never felt so strongly that an address to our society needed to be published in the national media. I genuinely believe this video if shared can have a real and positive impact upon the Marriage Equality referendum. All I ask is for you to please watch this 18 minute clip (above), and see for yourself.