Ellen Page explores LGBT culture around the world in new VICELAND show

Vice's first specialty channel VICELAND launched this week in Canada and one of the shows' hosts is the country's very own Ellen Page. Joined by her best friend Ian Daniel, the critically acclaimed actress journeys to a variety of countries to see firsthand what life is like for members of the LGBT community. The four-part documentary series makes stops in Japan, Brazil, Jamaica and the US.


Ellen and Ian travel to Japan in the first episode of the series. Photo: © Rogers Media/Viceland

"I think I anticipated that some of these trips for different reasons would be intense or difficult," the actress told After Ellen, adding that in the end the overall experience was "inspiring." During their travels, the close friends hear stories of both physical and mental abuse, overcoming prejudice and the overwhelming challenges many face just for being gay in their community. "I’m so inspired by the people that we met who live very difficult lives just for being who they are and decide to really fight for equality and I don’t know if I’d be capable of doing that," notes the Juno star.

The actress came up with the concept for the series. Photo: © Rogers Media/Viceland

The Human Rights Campaign recognized the actress, who publicly came out in 2014, for her dedication to LGBT issues in 2015. During a special dinner, the Halifax native delivered an inspiring speech, telling guests that "Living an authentic life is not something we should have to fight for. I am standing on a lot of shoulders tonight and the view is great from where I stand. We all need to use our influence – whatever it may be – for others."

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