During the Oscars In Memoriam for actors who had passed away last year, transgender icon Alexis Arquette was not included. The actress’s sister Patricia Arquette voiced her disappointed. She told Vanity Fair: “I’m really bummed. For the in memoriam, they left out our sister Alexis, and she was trans,” she said.
Alexis Arquette was a successful actress who not only has 70 acting credits to her name including blockbusters like Pulp Fiction, Of Mice and Men, Last Exit to Brooklyn, The Wedding Singer, and Grief.
“[She had] a great career as a male, and came out as a trans woman and lived her life in the truth,” the actress said. “Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman.”
“Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical. She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people,” she added.
Patricia went on to say: “We’re living in a time right now where trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in schools and they’re diminished in society. It’s really unfortunate that the Oscars decided they couldn’t show a trans person who was such an important person in this community. Because—trans kids—it could have meant a lot to them.”
This was not the only hiccup in the In Memoriam, the Academy included Janet Patterson an Australian costume designer but showed a picture of living producer Jan Chapman. Ms Chapmen was upset they did not picture her longtime friend and assured the public she is alive and well via social media.