“GAYCATION”— Around the Gay World with Ellen Page— A New Docu-series



Around the Gay World with Ellen Page— A New Docu-series

Amos Lassen

Of late, stories and videos of actress Ellen Page have been making. We have seen her confronting notorious homophobes such as GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. These videos are part of her new docu-series project, “Gaycation”, in which she travels to different parts of the world alongside best friend, Ian Daniel, to look at LGBT life in numerous different countries and to explore how those people are. These meetings, she says, have made her realize that she is a privileged gay person. The visits have helped her understand how vulnerable some gay people are.

There is a lot to be learned in the series and we get to see rare one-on-one interactions, the kind we do not have in everyday life. We really get to see sadness, frustration, confusion and how much people have to struggle.  For us in the United States who came out in the 60s and 70s will be reminded of how it once was in this country, for the younger people it will be hard and emotional to see why people are treated that way. We become humbled and inspired when we see the different ways that gay people are treated in other places. Having lived in Arkansas, I can tell you the LGBT community has had a terrible time in the past and demagogues like Mike Huckabee are trying to make sure that it stays that way.

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