“I’ve lived a long time, 20 years of that time was in the south, and I have seen too many lives destroyed and distorted by homophobia. I pray with all my heart that I live to see the day when people can come out freely, safely and be accepted by every strata of society.” – Jane Fonda introducing Lee Daniels, the only ever gay black nominee for the Best Director Oscar, and this years honoree at the Outfest Legacy Awards
Daniels’ acceptance speech was succinct and frank:
“My very deep gratitude to y’all, because you’ve been there for me even when the NAACP has not been,” he began. “I thank you, brothers and sisters in this room, from the bottom of my heart. It’s difficult being being a black gay man in Hollywood. Do they take you seriously? Do they call you “camp”? My own people called me camp. What the f*ck is camp? Camp is me, camp is you, camp is my work, and I’m proud of it.”
Daniels, directed Fonda in her ironic performance as Republican First Lady Nancy Reagan in The Butler.