Dustin Lance Black accepted the Oscar for best original screenplay for "Milk." In his acceptance speech, Black talked about how moving to California effected his life. "It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and then maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married," he said.
"But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he'd want me to say to all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures who have value. And that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you."
This video is from ABC's 81st Annual Academy Awards, broadcast Feb. 22, 2009.