Jessica Chastain’s emotional LGBTIQ tribute in her Oscars speech

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Jessica Chastain has paid emotional tribute to the LGBTIQ community after winning Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards.

Chastain won the Oscar for her performance in the biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye at the 94th annual ceremony today.

In the film, the actress played American Christian televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who was an outspoken gay rights advocate in the 1980s.

Bakker famously interviewed a gay minister with HIV in 1985, and called for compassion during the AIDS crisis.

Accepting the Oscar, Jessica Chastain thanked the director, cast and hair and makeup team but then took a serious turn in her emotional acceptance speech.

“Right now we are coming out of some difficult times, filled with love, trauma, and isolation,” she said.

“So many people out there feel hopelessness and they feel alone. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US.

“It’s touched many families, it’s touched mine. And especially members of the LGBTQ community, who often feel out of place with their peers.”

‘Unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you’

Chastain continued, “We’re faced with discriminatory and bigoted legislation sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us.

“There’s violence and hate crimes being perpetuated on innocent civilians all over the world.

“And in times like this, I think of Tammy and I’m inspired by her radical acts of love.

“We’ve talked about love a lot tonight. I’m inspired by [Tammy Faye Bakker’s] compassion, and I see it as a guiding principle that leads us forward.

“It connects us all in the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are and who we love, and to live a life without the fear of violence or terror.

“For any of you out there who do in fact feel hopeless or alone, I just want you to know you’re unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you.”

Other nominees in Chastain’s category were Kristen Stewart for Spencer, and Aussie Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is streaming in Australia on Disney+.

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