Dallas Buyers Club shows how bathroom laws distract from AIDS battle

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Could even Hollywood recognize this fantasy?

Jared Leto won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Rayon, a transgender drug addict with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club.  The movie was based on the true story of Ron Woodruff’s battle against the feds, when they fought to keep him from bringing promising new treatments to AIDS patients in the 1980s.

Leto said that he researched his role by talking with transgenders, and carefully studying their voice, walk, and mannerisms.

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Leto’s mannerisms as transgender Rayon contrasted starkly with Jennifer Garner’s portrayal of Eve, the compassionate and committed AIDS doctor who eventually risked her career to join Woodruff’s battle for better AIDS drugs.

Leto’s character Rayon had the mannerisms of a man who wanted to behave in a way that made him feel feminine.

Garner’s character Eve had the mannerisms of an dedicated healer who was passionate about her patients, and who didn’t seem to spend much time thinking about being girly.

Jared Leto’s performance as Rayon was hailed collectively by transgenders, AIDS patients, and gay men as a positive portrayal of their emotions and experiences.

Leto said that he also received sympathetic responses from many straight people who had not been previously exposed to people like Rayon.

It is hard not to love Rayon.  Despite his many flaws, he is a kind and compassionate character who devotes the time he has left on earth to help his fellow AIDS victims.

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Jared Leto’s Oscar acceptance speech not only showed compassion for AIDS victims, he also expressed empathy for the people of Venezuela and the Ukraine, who live under the daily threat of murderous tyrants.

This, in spite of the fact that the Hollywood elite have deified Venezuela’s cruel dictator Hugo Chavez, and have turned their back on the suffering of the Venezuelan people under the current Communist regime.

With all this support and empathy for the transgender community from outsiders–where is the transgender community’s empathy for ordinary women, who just want privacy for their daughters and themselves?

Are hospital rooms next?

In Dallas Buyers Club, Leto’s transgender character Rayon was put in a man’s hospital room.  His roommate was heterosexual AIDS patient Ron Woodruff, who was initially hostile toward transgenders and homosexuals like Rayon.

Ron and Rayon eventually became close friends and partners in their fight to bring new treatments to AIDS patients.  Here is how they met (profanity)

The focus of this scene wasn’t on whether Rayon was expected to be treated as a man in the hospital.   After all, he was a man in a hospital.  That whole issue never came up.

It never came up for good reason.  Ron and Rayon had more important things to think about–like saving the lives that could be saved, and showing tenderness and mercy to the dying.

Which brings up another question–will transgender people get to chose the gender of their hospital roommates, as well?  With everyone in open-backed nightgowns?

Sisterhood turned out to be one-sided…so it was never really powerful

Is this bathroom fight really worth it, for the LGBT community?  Do they really think that, by using the force of law, they are going to change the way that the average person feels about men using girls’ bathrooms whenever they choose?

In recent decades, much of the women’s movement became focused on lesbian rights.  Straight women stood up for their lesbian sisters.

It appears that, for this critical issue, lesbians are choosing to side with the men in the LGBT community, and against the straight women who stood by them.


I guess that real sisterhood was never all that powerful.

And the stories of the courage and sacrifice of brave men like the late Ron Woodruff gets pushed aside, in the relentless pursuit of headlines about hurt feelings over toilets and flower bouquets.

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