'Milk' screenwriter calls gay rights the 'civil rights fight of your generation'

Monday, April 27, 2009 | 11:22 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Dustin Lance Black was in high school in 1988 when he heard about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. Black said that at that point, he had never heard of an out gay man before, joking his first thought was that Milk must have been bad at hiding it.