by Hiko Mitsuzuka @TheFirstEcho
Thursday night saw Outfest kick off its 34th year at the Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles.
And before the festivities started with a screening of The Intervention (a delightful directorial debut from actress Clea DuVall), actor and activist Wilson Cruz took to the stage to remind the audience of how important the LGBT film festival is, especially during America's current social climate.
Commenting on the horrific Orlando massacre and the recent police shootings that rocked the nation earlier this week, Cruz delivered an impassioned speech on the importance of embracing and celebrating our diversity as a nation and demanding everyone "to be louder."
Check it out: