The brave and beautiful personal story of love and acceptance, and the preservation of diversity, by Oscar-winning screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, writer of “Milk” and “J Edgar” and co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) which was pivotal in the abolition of Proposition 8 in California. Dustin was awarded the Honorary Life Membership of UCD Law Society at University College Dublin in recognition of his storytelling achievements and his inspiring campaigning for all minority rights. This is the video presentation of his acceptance address.
…. Storytelling has to start personally. It can’t start legally; it can’t start in the debate…. You can’t really change minds by arguing the truths, by arguing the law, by arguing the facts, and the science…. even if you’re on the winning side of all that science. The thing that changes hearts and minds is story.