Oscars: Academy Deems Gender-Fluid Performer Eligible in Both Male and Female Categories

Kelly Mantle in ‘Confessions of a Womanizer’ (Courtesy: Confessions of a Womanizer – Official Movie Page)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Kelly Mantle, a performer who identifies as “gender fluid,” has made Oscar history.

The 40-year-old, who was born a male and is best known as a contestant on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plays the supporting part of a transgender prostitute in Miguel Ali’s Confessions of a Womanizer, an indie starring Gary Busey that is in the midst of its Oscar-qualifying run this week.

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