Jared Leto backstage at the Oscars

The casting of Jared Leto  in the role of Rayon was criticized by some who said he shouldn’t have played the role, but an actual trans person should have. He handled the criticism well, and he made an incredible Oscar speech where he credited the people who have died of AIDS, and people who have felt injustice for who they loved.

Leto, who attended his first Academy Awards ceremony, took a break in acting and came back for the role of Rayon in “The Dallas Buyers Club,” playing a trans character who is dying of AIDS.

Backstage after taking photos, he offered the media to come take selfies with him, but the Academy wranglers stopped it, and he said, “Oh, no fun. You guys want to get media, let the media do what they do. Viva la revolution, baby.”

On the way into the auditorium before the awards, he said he was just having fun. His was the first Oscar handed out Sunday night, and he gave a gracious speech talking about his mother: “In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream.”

He thanked Ellen DeGeneres, his fellow nominees, the Academy and his brother Shannon, “the best big brother in the world, you’re a true artist. Thank you so much for sharing this insane and amazing adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars, and for being my best friend. I love you.”

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Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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