‘Milk’ screenwriter Dustin Lance Black hopes LGBT Texans respond to video challenge

Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black is trying to get the word out all over about his latest endeavor — especially to his one-time home state of Texas.

“I think this project is so important,” the Milk screenwriter told Dallas Voice this week. “People need to hear the stories of our LGBT brethren and straight allies from all areas. If you wanna change minds, you have to intro yourself and tell your story.”

Which is what he’s calling for people across America to do for the Courage Campaign’s Testimony initiative. And the former San Antonian hopes some Lone Star State peeps will get on board.

—  Rich Lopez

Starvoice • 03.11.11

By Jack Fertigstarvoice

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Kevin Williamson turns 46 on Monday. The screenwriter scared us with his Scream trilogy and upgraded the teenage drama with Dawson’s Creek. The out writer keeps churning out the hits with his latest TV creation The Vampire Diaries and has just penned the script for Scream 4.

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THIS WEEK

A Mercury-Saturn opposition normally sharpens minds as well as tongues, but with Neptune in hard aspect to both planets, misguided bitchiness and ill-considered control games are a lot more likely. Examine your own anxieties. They are too easily projected onto others.

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PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
How does sex fit in your relationships, reflect your values and connect you to your deeper self? Take time to meditate, to understand better whatever gaps you may be trying to fill.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Ideas from the top of your head are probably wrong. Take time to figure out why. Well-meaning friends stumble in their efforts to assure you; give them credit for trying.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Being a raging control queen will not relieve the stress; getting some professional help could. Relax. Meditate. Doing nothing is the best answer. Consider process and priorities.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Your friends lead you astray if you give them a chance. It could be an adventure if you’re ready to pay the price. Think ahead, but remember the biggest regrets are the things you didn’t do.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Don’t keep secrets. Keep your attention elsewhere. You’re probably exaggerating threats from someone close to you. Staying focused on goals will help you keep perspective.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Resisting the urge to correct ideas can be the biggest challenge. A touch of surrealism can be fun. If practicality is necessary, ask how those wild ideas would work rather than insisting they can’t.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Whatever you say is likely to come out sounding dirtier than you intend. That can be great for fantasy role-play, but awkward in real life. Listen between the lines for what’s really important.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Enjoy some twisted fun now, but trying to make it last will get less fun. Criticism to or from your partner is more projection than either of you admit. Do not start or end a relationship now.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Worries about home and family are exaggerated, but not out of place. Meditation helps keep perspective. Clean up what you can, admit you were wrong and the rest takes care of itself.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Your mouth is determined to get you into trouble. Stick to the facts and accept lots of correction. Creative writing is safer than speaking. Just don’t let anyone read it.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Criticism at home challenges you to re-evaluate your career goals.  Some adjustments may be necessary, but do not doubt yourself! You need to stay especially sharp now.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Whatever you say is easily misunderstood. Hone your arguments on screen or paper where you can review your own sympathies and see how they affect your logic, or vice versa.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 11, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

LGBT screenplay contest deadline is around the corner – as in Tuesday

From stripper to Oscar-winning screenwriter. This could be you!
From stripper to Oscar-winning screenwriter. This could be you!

For all you Dustin Lance Black and Diablo Cody hopefuls, you just might have your chance. The One in Ten Screenplay contest is underway and open to all screenplay and teleplay writers with one requirement: “At least one of the primary characters in the screenplay is gay or lesbian (bisexual, transgender, questioning, and the like) and that gay and lesbian characters must be portrayed positively.”

Hey, we like that. But you gotta act fast because they are closing in on their submissions deadline. Tuesday, Sept. 1 is the last day to submit your work and they are maxing out at 600 submissions. Last we heard, they were hovering in the early 500 range so you still may have a shot.

Personally, I’m opting for their Movie Title contest. I’m ambitious that way.

—  Rich Lopez