Jared Leto has been winning multiple awards for playing the transgender character of Rayon in the film “Dallas Buyers Club.” The transgender community has then watched him throw them under the bus.
1. LETO: "It was the role of a lifetime," he said. "It was an incredible thing to represent this…
I just have to speak my mind on this one. Personally, I feel as though Jared Leto handled this experience as gracefully as he could have. I’ve seen Dallas Buyers Club and I feel he did an amazing job portraying what I feel like the struggles would be of a transgender woman dying of AIDS in the 1980’s. You bare the question why wasn’t an actual transgender woman casted as Rayon. Well, that’s not a question for Jared Leto. That is a question for the movie executives who are the true movers and shakers of Hollywood.
Once again, I feel Jared Leto is doing a wonderful job with explaining what it was like for him to play this character given the fact that HE IS A HETEROSEXUAL MALE. I find this, as a gay man, to be an incredibly hypocritical piece of writing. You want our heterosexual counterparts to see through our lense? Well, we have to do the same thing for them. They can’t possibly understand what it is like to be transgender on account that they are not. It’s the same way we in the LGBT community cannot imagine what it is like to be straight. You might bring up the question, “Well, he should make an effort to research and reach out.” I feel that he did. By playing this role. And he is bringing attention to the transgender community which up until VERY recent years was COMPLETELY ignored, if not seen as a pariah of the world.
What people fail to realize is that progess is a slow churning ball. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes resilience. We’ve made great strides in the LGBT community. We still have a long way to go, but we can also take a moment and smile at where we are now. We are the civil rights movement of this day in age. And we will persevere and win.
So, I say to the transgender community. I am proud of you. I stand with you. And I support you. But lay off Jared Leto, because he is an ally, whether you choose to believe it or not. Here’s the very last part of his Oscars acceptance speech… “ to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you. Thank you so much and goodnight.”