Neil Patrick Harris reveals all at the Oscars

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Neil Patrick Harris is the first openly gay man to host the Oscars. (Yes, Ellen DeGeneres broke the LGBT barrier when she hosted, but, Neil is the first gay man. Actually, he once identified as bisexual early in his career during his “Doogie Howser” days and regularly slept with women.

But, he came to the Oscars with his husband David Burtka. He and his spouse have some children they’re bringing up in their suburban home in Sherman Oaks, California. And, the very out, very fun Neil kept the long awards show going, despite falling flat on a few of his jokes.

He did look sexy coming out on stage in nothing but his tighty whities (which were tighter than the ones that Michael Keaton wore in “Birdman” which he was spoofing). Neil looked very well ripped (and hung) for a seemingly skinny guy.

One of the most moving speeches of the night was from Graham Moore, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game” about gay scientist Alan Turing, who was in the closet and committed suicide. It seemed to many that Moore came out of the closet on the show, talking about feeling different as he grew up and trying to commit suicide. He said, “When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass this same message to the next person who comes along.”

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It sounded like a coming out speech, right? It sounded as dramatic as Dustin Lance Black’s amazing speech when he won for writing “Milk” and empowered GLBT people. Well, guess what? He isn’t gay!

It was a shock to all of us, too. In fact, The Advocate had to retract their statement that he was gay and their Entertainment Editor even talked to him afterward. He told Buzzfeed, “I’m not gay, but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much.”

A lot of press assumed he was gay, and no one clarified it backstage. He said backstage, “Alan was someone who was so mistreated by history. He was someone who, as a gay man, was persecuted by the government whose existence he provided for. So I always felt that we needed a film that helped spread his legacy, and celebrated him, and brought to a new audience of people who might have not otherwise been exposed to this man because history had treated him so poorly.”

The whole thing really just ended up confusing everyone.

But it wasn’t confusing to see the lovely bisexual Lady Gaga singing a medley of “The Sound of Music” tunes in a Cinderella-like dress. You could see her trumpet tattoo on the inside of her left arm as she raised her arm to the hills being alive, and you could see some on her wrist and her back, but the whole thing was very classy. She didn’t try to be showy, she didn’t try to show off, and she was a model bisexual performer.

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And even Julie Andrews teared up and said, “Dear Lady Gaga thank you for that wonderful tribute, it really warmed my heart it really did.”

There were other LGBT moments.

Lesbian sisters Tegan and Sara Quin sang “Everything is Awesome,” the Oscar-nominated song from “The Lego Movie.” (Sara identified as bisexual not long ago, but has now declared herself lesbian.)

Patricia Arquette, who won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Boyhood, called out the gender wage gap and backstage even called out for gay people and other minorities to help with the fight for women. She said backstage: “It’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

Common and John Legend, who won Best Original Song for Glory, spoke of racial injustice and said that the movie “Selma” was a symbol of discrimination based on “race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status.”

Handsome guys who’ve had rumors of bisexuality, such as Jared Leto, John Travolta and Josh Hutcherson, were in attendance and all looked marvelous.

Julianne Moore thanked her “Still Alice” co-directors who are husbands in real life, Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, and mentioned that they were going to be there, but couldn’t because of Richard’s poor health with ALS.

And finally, Graham Moore, confused the press corps even more when he said he didn’t even vote for himself in the Oscar pool he usually participates in for the past 18 years. He said his friends in Chicago “are proud of me for winning an Oscar but even more proud that they have won the Oscar pool.”

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

credit: Mark Suban / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Graham Moore, Oscar® nominee for Achievement in Adapted Screenplay, for work on “The Imitation Game” arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre
credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Lady Gaga
credit: Matt Brown / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Josh Hutcherson arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars®
credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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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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