Dustin Lance Black is hitting back after his alma mater Pasadena City College dis-invited the screenwriter from their commencement ceremony.
Black was supposed to speak at this year’s commencement but PCC’s Board President Anthony Fellow intervened, citing intimate photos of Black and an ex-boyfriend leaked online in 2009. Fellows argued that because the college has had a few sex scandals this year, it was “the wrong time” to have Black as a commencement speaker.
Black, in a letter to the student body, says that if were he straight and the maliciously stolen and posted photos were of him with a woman, this might be a non-issue. In his letter, the Milk screenwriter says he refuses to be shamed for the photos any longer. Since the pictures were posted online, Black has sued those responsible for stealing and posting them.
What kind of message is PCC sending by dis-inviting Black? To what extent is someone responsible for intimate photos or information that appears publicly without their consent? How should the college proceed in handling this situation?
Christine Michaels, Editor-in-Chief of PCC Courier who’s been following the story.