Dustin Lance Black directs new LGBTQ public awareness campaign

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has lent his talents to a new public awareness drive from LGBTQ organisation Human Rights Campaign (HRC).Dustin, who is married to Olympic diver Tom Daley, has joined forces with Emmy-winning TV director Pa…

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has lent his talents to a new public awareness drive from LGBTQ organisation Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Dustin, who is married to Olympic diver Tom Daley, has joined forces with Emmy-winning TV director Paris Barclay for the new campaign, which addresses the need for the Equality Act – a crucial civil rights bill that would extend clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections to millions of LGBTQ people across the U.S.

“Every American deserves a fair shot at a job to support themselves and their family, and the security of a roof over their head,” Dustin said in a statement. “These are key ingredients in what we’ve long cherished as our ‘American Dream.’ But until the Equality Act is signed into law, this dream may not be a reality for far too many Americans in many areas of our wild and wonderful country. I believe we must all share our personal stories and struggles with our fellow Americans in order to help this great dream become a reality for more of our loved ones, co-workers, and neighbours.”

HRC, America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organisation, has tapped a host of famous faces to star in the Americans for the Equality Act videos, with Sally Field and her gay son Sam Greisman starring in the first one.

Currently, 50 per cent of LGBTQ Americans live in one of the 30 states without statewide legal non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, meaning millions are at risk of being fired, denied housing, or refused service because of who they are or whom they love.

Future videos will feature the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and skater Adam Rippon, among others.

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Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit model J.Crew’s new charity T-shirt

Zosia Mamet and husband Evan Jonigkeit are promoting J. Crew’s new line of charitable T-shirts.American retailer J. Crew has teamed with civil rights organisation Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on a line of tops which bear the slogan “Love first”, and are…

Zosia Mamet and husband Evan Jonigkeit are promoting J. Crew’s new line of charitable T-shirts.

American retailer J. Crew has teamed with civil rights organisation Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on a line of tops which bear the slogan “Love first”, and are available in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes, and three sock designs.

To celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, J.Crew will be donating 50 per cent of the purchase price of the T-shirts and socks to HRC, and Zosia and Evan are happy to be part of the project.

“Five years ago, I met this human and experienced the joy of falling in love with him. My love for him and his for me have taught me more about myself and the world than any other life experience I’ve had to date (sic),” Zosia posted on Instagram next to a picture of her and Evan in the tees. “But most of all it has taught me that love makes us better beings. And it is also a choice, to love. My hope for the world is that we all make that choice more often, to lead with love. Love for each other and for ourselves. Because with love comes understanding and with understanding comes acceptance and with acceptance comes peace. George Sand said, ‘There is only one happiness in this life, to love and to be loved.'”

The Girls star finished her message by thanking J. Crew and HRC for spreading the love first message, and Evan for his love.

X-Men: Days of Future Past actor Evan shared his own message on Instagram, explaining how important the LGBTQ community is to him, and even though “great strides in equality” have been made, there is still a long way to go.

The T-shirts are priced from $33 to $50.50 (£24 – £38), while the socks cost $19 (£14) each.

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