Tom Daley & Dustin Lance Black Are Expecting Their First Child

Gay power couple Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black announced via Instagram today they are expecting their first child.

Along with the pic of an ultrasound, Black shared, “A very happy #ValentinesDay from ours to yours.”

A spokesperson for the couple, who married in England last May, confirmed the baby will arrive later this year, “Tom and Dustin are thrilled to share that they are expecting their first child in 2018.”

Just goes to prove the old adage, “Practice makes perfect.”

A post shared by Dustin Lance Black (@dlanceblack) on Feb 14, 2018 at 5:41am PST

Out UK Diver Tom Daley Wins Gold At World Aquatics Championships

Tom Daley (via Instagram)

Out UK diver Tom Daley snagged the gold medal this past weekend at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

The triumph surely helps smooth some heart ache for Daley after a disappointing Olympic showing in Rio last year where he was eliminated in the semi-finals.

His victory included beating the Olympic gold medalist, Chen Aisen of China.

Hubby (and Oscar winner) Dustin Lance Black took to Instagram to celebrate: “I already couldn’t have loved you more or been prouder so I’ll just go full Texan and say Holy Cow! My husband is World Champion! Now let’s go honeymoon. I love u @tomdaley1994!!”

Did Tom Daley & Dustin Lance Black Just Get Married?

Dustin Lance Black (L) and Tom Daley (R)

The BBC is reporting that British Olympic diver Tom Daley has married his longtime beau, Academy Award winner (MILK), Dustin Lance Black.

The couple got married in a service at a luxury hotel on Dartmoor National Park in Devon, a source confirmed to the BBC.

Daley, 22, won bronze medals at the Olympic Games in London and Rio de Janeiro.

He revealed in a YouTube video in 2013 he had a boyfriend, saying his “whole world changed” when he fell in love with a man.

“Come spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone and they make me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great and, well, that someone is a guy,” he said.

The high-profile couple announced they were engaged in 2015.

Black, 42, is a US film director, writer and producer.

He won the best original screenplay Oscar for the 2008 film Milk, which was based on the life of gay rights activist and politician, Harvey Milk.

Tom Daley & Dustin Lance Black Chat Love On A Daily Basis

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I needed something ‘lighter’ and soothing; something to take a break from the world of politics.

I think Olympic UK diver Tom Daley and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black are quietly charming talking about the evolution of their romance.

From Tom Daley’s documentary ‘Diving for Gold.’

Take a minute and relax in someone else’s bliss.

Sam Smith’s Gay Oscar Flub

Out singer/songwriter Sam Smith had something of a surprise last night at the Oscars when his song “Writing’s On The Wall” snagged the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

But he kind of fumbled in his otherwise gracious acceptance speech saying he thought he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar.

Smith referenced an interview Sir Ian McKellen gave to the Guardian recently where he said that, while straight men play gay and win the Oscar, openly gay men don’t have the same results. “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance,” McKellen said, later adding, “My speech has been in two jackets: ‘I’m proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar.’ I’ve had to put it back in my pocket twice.” He was speaking about gay men in acting roles.

Smith, in his speech, said, “I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar. If this is the case—even if it isn’t the case—I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world.”

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Of course, there have been many openly gay people who have won Oscars in the past: Sir Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Stephen Sondheim, screenwriters Alan Ball and Bill Condon, and many more.

Among those who took to Twitter to correct Smith was another past winner, Dustin Lance Black, who had a mic drop moment of his own:

Smith was eventually told of his inaccuracy backstage, where he still seemed confused thinking he’s only the SECOND gay man to win.

“S–t. F–k that. Two’s my lucky number, so it’s all good. Who was the other person?”

“When I read the Ian McKellen piece I was just bowled over by it. I wanted to take this opportunity to show how much I care about my community,” he said. “In the past in my career people had said that I didn’t.”

Smith also copped to being slightly not his usual self, adding he was “completely overwhelmed. I can’t even speak. I’m a little bit drunk as well.”

Olympian Tom Daley Engaged To Marry Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black

Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black and Olympic diver boyfriend Tom Daley have announced that they are engaged to be married.

The 21-year-old Olympian has been dating the Oscar-winning screenwriter since December 2013.

The announcement appeared on Thursday in the Times newspaper in the births, marriages and deaths section.

The announcement read: “The engagement is announced between Tom, son of Robert and Debra Daley of Plymouth, and Lance, son of Jeff Bisch of Philadelphia and Anne Bisch of Lake Providence.”

Music Video: Neon Trees “Songs I Can’t Listen To” Featuring Oscar Winner Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black with Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn

Multi-platinum group Neon Trees dropped their music video for new single “Songs I Can’t Listen To” featuring Oscar-winning writer, director, producer, and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black.

Exploring the age-old tale of love gone bad, the chorus shares that situation we’ve all found ourselves in: “I’ve got a list of songs I can’t listen to/and it’s all because of you.”

Starts out great, but soon, things get broken. And then, of course, they float in the air.

Watch the full music video below.

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Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black pens open letter after being disinvited to speak at alma mater

Oscar-winning screen writer Dustin Lance Black has written an open letter to his alma mater, Pasadena City College, after being invited then disinvited to speak at this year’s commencement ceremonies.

His invitation was apparently rescinded in light of some very private pictures of him and an ex-boyfriend were leaked to internet gossip sites.

Black says the college is sending a message of shame to the LGBT students at PCC.

Read his full letter below.

Dear PCC Students:

In 1992 my parents lost their jobs in the months leading up to my leaving for college. We could no longer afford the University I was accepted at, so I turned to the Community College system and Pasadena City College. I enrolled in honors courses, worked two jobs to pay rent, and still found time to tutor both math and ESL at PCC. My mother taught me there is nothing more meaningful than serving your fellow man. It was a proud day when she watched me walk at PCC’s graduation with an AA Degree, an honors tassel, and a Dean’s scholarship.

November of last year, I received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Community College League of CA. In the presentation, my film work, Academy Award, WGA, and Spirit Awards were all mentioned, but the accomplishment I was most proud of was my half-decade of work with AFER to strike down Prop 8 at the Supreme Court last summer and bring equality back to California.

After my acceptance speech, I was approached by PCC Administrators and asked to speak at my old campus. A few months later, I received an invitation asking that I be PCC’s 2014 Commencement speaker. I confirmed the invitation, booked the international flights to get back to Southern California, canceled work, and turned down paid invitations. This invitation was that meaningful to me.

This morning, I woke up to the headline that I have been disinvited to speak at my Alma Mater. The reasoning: That I was involved in a “scandal” in 2009 regarding extremely personal photographs that were put up on Internet gossip sites of me and my ex-boyfriend.

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. 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.

In 2010 I took the perpetrators of this theft to Federal court and Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled unequivocally that the defendants had indeed broken the law. The details of this case are readily available for anyone to read — including PCC’s leadership and Board of Trustees.

In the eyes of anyone who has seen the devastating effects this trespass has had on me personally, creatively and professionally over these many years, in the eyes of my mother and friends who have held me as I’ve cried, and under the blind scrutiny of the law of this land, I am the victim of this “scandal,” not the perpetrator.

With this cruel act, PCC’s Administration is punishing the victim. And I ask you this: If I was a heterosexual man or woman with this same painful injury in my past, would PCC’s Administration still be rescinding such an honor?

Over these past five years, I have spoken at over 40 major universities including Harvard’s Kennedy School, Penn, UCLA, USC, and recently spoke at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television graduation. I’ve been the featured speaker at NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Conference), NACA (National Association for Student Activities), HRC’s National Gala, spoken to over 200,000 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at the March on Washington, walked up the steps of the Supreme Court to help win a fight for my people and been honored for my work for equality on the floor of the California House of Representatives. Never once, at any of these events has this issue ever come up. Not once. Not in the press. Not with the students. Not ever.

In fact, PCC is now only the second institution to ever blame me for what happened in 2009. The first was Hope College in Michigan whose Dean pro-actively made a statement openly admitting he did not want a pro-LGBT message on his campus. It seems to me that same animus is at play here now.

I congratulate all of the 2014 graduates. I had hoped to share the story of how I turned my Community College education at PCC into a fruitful career. I had hoped to share the message that each and every one of you is capable of the same. But now I must ask you to do something for me: speak out.

As PCC Administrators attempt to shame me, they are casting a shadow over all LGBT students at PCC. They are sending the message that LGBT students are to be held to a different standard, that there is something inherently shameful about who we are and how we love, and that no matter what we accomplish in our lives, we will never be worthy of PCC’s praise.

While I deal with the legal and financial ramifications of this injury, I urge you not to let PCC’s Administrators get away with sending such a harmful message. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the struggle for equality it is that when you are stung by injustice, you must find your pride and raise your voice. If you are outraged like I am, you must show it. You must speak truth to fear and prejudice and shed light where there is ignorance. Now is that time at PCC.

DUSTIN LANCE BLACK

PCC ’94 UCLA ‘96

(via Out)

Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black is dating newly “out” Tom Daley

UK Olympic diver Tom Daley made a splash when he recently came out and shared the news he was dating a man.

The question for many was – “who is the lucky guy?”

According to E! News “the lucky guy” 19 year old Daley has been dating is Dustin Lance Black, the 39-year-old writer who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Milk, the 2008 biopic about gay rights activist legend Harvey Milk.

As recently as October, the two had been seen in Los Angeles having coffee.

The British tabloid The Sun ran this on their cover: