Dustin Lance Black Slams His Alma Mater for Shaming Him
Dustin Lance Black is hitting back at his alma mater, Pasadena City College, after the school disinvited him from speaking at this year’s graduation.
The 39-year-old filmmaker was previously asked to be the commencement speaker, but the school changed its mind citing the nude photographs of Dustin and a former boyfriend that were leaked back in 2009.
“With the porno professor and the sex scandals we’ve had on campus this last year, it just didn’t seem like the right time for Mr. Black to be the speaker,” Board President Anthony Fellow said.
In his letter, Dustin says “for too long now I’ve sat silent on this issue. That ends here and now and with this sentence: I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer.”
“In 2009 a group of people surreptitiously lifted images from my ex’s computer and shopped them around to gossip sites in a money making scheme. These were old images from a far simpler time in my life, a time before digital camera phones and Internet scandals. They were photos of me with a man I cared for, a man who shared my Mormon background, and who was also struggling with who he was versus where he came from And yes, we were doing what gay men do when they love and trust each other, we were having sex,” Dustin added. “I have never lied about my sexuality. If you invade my privacy, this is what you will find. I have sex. It brings me joy, fosters intimacy and helps love grow. I hope anyone reading this can say the same for themselves and for their parents.”
To read the full letter, head on over to Out.com right now.