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With Mark Walsh out, PCC re-invites Dustin Lance Black as commencement speaker




Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black attends 'An Evening Under The Stars' benefiting The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center at a private residency on October 19, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black attends 'An Evening Under The Stars' benefiting The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center at a private residency on October 19, 2013 in Los Angeles.
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Pasadena City College reinvited alumnus Dustin Lance Black to speak at its commencement ceremony after the college’s board deliberated in a closed 90-minute session Wednesday evening.

Black had been dismissed as a candidate after nude photos of him having unprotected sex with a man surfaced on the internet.In an interview with truthdig.com, Black said that PCC’s administration was "discriminatory, toxic and dishonest.”

He added that the issue was still “in talks” with a legal team, who was to ensure Black was compensated for costs, damages and flights.

Prior to the board’s decision, the college had announced Dr. Eric Walsh as Black’s replacement. Walsh, however, pulled out of the ceremony due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts.”

School administrators are content with the decision, as Mark Rocha told the LA Times he felt they had done the right thing.

Should Black accept the invitation to speak despite being removed from the ceremony by the college?

Guest:


Christine Michaels, Editor-in-Chief of PCC Courier who’s been following the story