Dustin Lance Black on new cover of ‘Gay Times’
Here are some excerpts from the January 2018 issue of Gay Times in which Dustin Lance Black discusses why LGBTQ activism is still so important to him, the inspiration he finds from unearthing lost queer histories, and his marriage to UK diving champion Tom Daley.
On the forgotten history of LGBTQ people: “Having a history would be very helpful,” he says, “but that’s been robbed from us because of shame. Because if you dared write your history even thirty years ago you were considered a felon. You were considered mentally ill. It needs to be excavated. It needs to be popularized. It needs to be put out there.”
On his relationship with Tom Daley: “We’ve been together now almost five years and I’m still discovering new things about him and I feel really lucky about that. There’s a constant renewal to our relationship and I’ve never experienced anything like it. It’s really exciting. I mean, we’re certainly not two perfect people. We have fights. Although when we fight, we just get very, very quiet. And then we know we’re in trouble, one or the other! We’re certainly not doing it for public approval.”
On activism in the age of Trump: “It’s a mistake to wall ourselves off as LGBTQ people from our brothers and sisters in the civil rights movement and from people who pray to different gods. Those bridges need to be built as well and that’s how you keep people like Trump from being elected. If you subdivide people, we empower the Trumps – period! It’s our responsibility not to get lost in despair. It’s our responsibility to be energised by the horrific rollbacks we see happening.”