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» Recap: Ellen Page’s Gaycation (Episode 1)

Ellen Page gets hitched!
by Florence Breitstadt, published on February 27, 2016 - 4:32 PM


Ellen Page and her best friend Ian Daniel go on an exciting journey to explore Japan’s LGBT culture in the first episode of their Viceland documentary Gaycation.

Ellen explains that Gaycation is about joining the celebrations, documenting the struggles, feeling the love, the hate and telling the human stories of the LGBT community around the world.

During their trip Ellen admits: “This my first time in the gay district of Tokyo. In the past I was too closeted to come to the gay area.”

For their first stop, Ellen and Ian head to Japan’s smallest gay bar. There they meet the owner who reminisces about the good ol’ days and explains how the gay scene has changed throughout the years. As he eloquently puts it: “What doesn’t kill you makes you gayer.”


Both friends take their relationship to the next level and get friendship-married at a Buddhist temple. The temple believes that a clergy’s purpose is to make people happy – no matter their sexuality. The clergy emphasises that Buddhist teaching is all about staying flexible and being open minded. We witness the beautiful moment where Ellen and Ian exchange their vows and celebrate their relationship.

The pair end their journey by working at a rent-a-friend agency. For this occasion they are invited as stand-in friends during a young man’s coming out to his mother. This is without a doubt the episode’s most powerful and emotional moment. “I think for me to accept it and gradually understand it would be best for him,” his mother explains. Ellen also opens up about her decision to come out and be her true self.

Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in Japan and the LGBT community still face social stigmas. “However, certain cities have begun to recognize same-sex partnerships and the LGBT community continues to thrive in the country’s vibrant culture and nightlife.” Vice explain.

Source: www.gaytimes.co.uk

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