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Roland Emmerich on 'Independence Day 2's' Gay Couple: It's Not "a Big Deal"

THR: Roland Emmerich is at a bit of a career crossroads. The director has spent 30 years making such tentpole features as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down, which have earned more than $1 billion worldwide. But today he's prepping a smaller project, the indie drama Stonewall, about the historic 1969 gay riots in New York that had a revolutionary impact on the civil rights movement. It's Emmerich's work as helmer on this upcoming Roadside Attractions release -- along with his extensive advocacy on behalf of the gay community -- that have earned the 59-year-old Germany-born director the 2015 Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which will be presented at the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards. (Scandal star Kerry Washington also will be feted at the annual event.)

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