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Jessica Chastain Brings Prominent HIV Activist to Oscars Luncheon

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th Academy Awards ceremony this month, all eyes are on the best actress nominee Jessica Chastain, who is a frontrunner in the category due to her recent critically-acclaimed performance as Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

And in the spirit of the woman she portrayed, Chastain has shown true allyship when choosing her date to the Oscars pre-ceremony luncheon: prominent HIV activist, Reverend Steve Pieters.Pieters was famously interviewed by Bakker in 1985 in a conversation around the AIDS epidemic that was devasting the country at the time.

The move was a bold one for Bakker at the time, whose key audience was primarily right-wing and Christian, and solidified her role as an ally to both the HIV and LGBTQ+ communities.

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