Although Ellen Page does not see herself as a spokeswoman for the gay community, she said she can help “put the focus” on issues that have slipped under the radar.
“We really need to support trans women of colour because they are facing an epidemic of violence that’s really horrific. And up to 40 percent of LGBT youth are homeless. So clearly we have still a society that is homophobic and transphobic and biphobic, and it’s affecting those who are the most vulnerable. We need to help them and keep moving our society forward,” she added.
But Page is also keen to tell the overlooked stories of gay heroes and role models, like the astronaut and physicist Sally Ride, the youngest person – and first American woman – to go into space. The scientist, who had married and divorced, lived discreetly for 27 years with her partner until her death in 2012. “Hopefully we will be working on a HBO mini-series about her,“ she said.
The fact that the studios and cable chains like HBO are looking to tell such stories shows the progress that has been made, she insisted.
“Look, people are making these movies, and that’s exciting. These movies are managing to branch into the mainstream.”