Dustin Lance Black Re-Invited To Speak At Alma Mater's Graduation Ceremony
Following the controversial decision to rescind Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's invitation to be the keynote speaker at the Pasadena City College's (PCC) commencement ceremony (citing Black's leaked sex photos from 2009), PCC has reversed its decision and is again inviting Black to speak.
At a Wednesday board meeting, PCC President Mark Rocha announced the decision, stating:
“(Black) has distinguished himself as a film producer and a champion of equal rights and protections for all regardless of sexual orientation,” Rocha read during the meeting. “The Board of Trustees and college administration deeply respect Mr. Black, his work and his causes. The Board also sincerely apologizes to Mr. Black for any actions that may have caused hurt.”
According to PCC spokeswoman Valerie Wardlaw, the school has reached out to Black's representatives to officially extend their invitation, though it's unclear at this point whether Black will accept.
Student trustee Simon Fraser thanked the Board, saying:
“I’m very pleased that the District did the right thing,” Fraser said. “This can now be a moment of healing and going forward for the college and district.”
Still some remain critical with PCC student Renee Haserjian saying of the Board and Rocha:
"The actions that you have taken have sent a message to queer students, and other marginialized groups, such as undocumented students, that PCC is not on a path of social justice,” Haserjian said.
Do you think Black will accept the invitation to speak at the PCC graduation, Instincters? Should he?