Nova Scotia has offered domestic partnerships to same-sex couples since , and same-sex marriage since It was the beginning of what would become a swift rise to Hollywood and critical acclaim. Ellen Morgan became the first leading gay prime-time character ever. It sent a clear message: Ellen was getting a lot of press. There were brilliant lesbian writers and artists producing some of the best literature and media the world has ever seen, and they had been doing so for decades.
Nobody had anything nice to say about her except my Mom. I remember Anne Heche, her bisexual girlfriend, suffering by association: Huge strides had been made in gay and lesbian rights and radical activists were shaking shit up.
But mainstream media lagged behind. Even now Page eschews the typical Hollywood scene in her off-hours in favor of backpacking in Europe and living on a farm with goats.
America has always lagged behind Canada in terms of gay acceptance, due to many reasons including the overwhelming influence of religious conservatives in the States. I hear about this disparity in gay stigma a lot from my Canadian girlfriend, but the numbers back it up, too: June photoshoot So ultimately what we have here with Ellen Page is a very young girl around the same age I was when I had literally no fucking idea I was gay, suddenly America-famous, suddenly grown-up and very good-looking, suddenly followed everywhere by cameras eager to document any sign of budding romance: She cares in earnest about Important Issues like ending the military dictatorship in Burma, pro-choice feminism, the vanishing honeybees and animal rights.
She also knows how to wear a suit, kisses and holds hands with Drew Barrymore throughout the Whip-It press tour and dodges questions about her romantic life, often seeking counsel from her manager and publicist, Los Angeles power lesbian Kelly Bush. But one thing she will tell interviewers over and over again is that she values honesty and authenticity above all else. It just erodes my soul.
Yeah, there were rumors so intense that practically nobody, straight or gay, missed them. After Ellen Page said it on Friday, she sighed with her whole entire body. Ellen Page on February 14, via ellen-page. Page will play Stacie Andree, the domestic partner of a lesbian detective battling cancer and fighting the Board of Freeholders to bequeath her pension to Andree when she dies.
Things are changing very quickly. Visibility is incredibly important. Not just to sway politics. But especially to the kids and young adults that are struggling with this knowledge about themselves, to the ones currently embattled in the loneliest phase of their lives.
We gotta give them hope. It is important that we live openly so that they can see us as an example of the happy, proud future that lies ahead of them. This is who I am. Ellen Page represents a lot of things young gay women can relate to. She grew up in a relatively tolerant environment — her part of Canada, in her case, but other countries and certain pockets of America in the 21st century for many of her fans. America is increasingly influenced by its more tolerant neighbors, and Ellen Page is here to lead the charge on that count.
I am wary of these people. Remember that it was a flood of press coverage around the suicides of young gay people that jump-started the flood of prominent personalities coming out to begin with. We should be wary of these people. People like them are why so many believe this country is post-racial or post-feminist when this country is racist as fuck and hates women.
This country loves to pass a few laws and then declare everything officially fixed forever. This country has a short memory. It belittles the struggles of the disempowered and we see it happen every day when people who experience racism or sexism are usually told by alleged allies that their own account of their own oppression is irrelevant and overdramatic.
You have many moments.