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“IT WAS AN AMAZING FEELING TO PLAY A LESBIAN”

HOLLYWOOD STAR ELLEN PAGE ON PLAYING GAY AND HOW HER ROLE IN FREEHELD HELPED HER TO COME OUT

Ellen Page had a vested interest in working on her latest project, Freeheld. Based on the true story of New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (played by Julianne Moore), the film explores how after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer Hester fought to change county policy so that her pension benefits would eventually go to her same-sex partner, Stacie Andree (Page).

When Page first committed to the film, she had yet to come out publicly. But having announced that she was gay last February in a spirited address delivered at the Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas, the Canadian actress lifted an enormous weight from her shoulders and has since become a proud champion of LGBT rights. Freeheld marks both a personal and professional turning point for Page who knew that being part of the film meant that she could no longer remain in the closet.

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In the new issue Ellen Page talks to us – and you – about coming out and playing gay in her new movie Freeheld, alongside the great talent that is Julianne Moore. We've also spoken to Carrie-Ann Moss (AKA Trinity from The Matrix) about her role as a lesbian lawyer in the new Netflix series Jessica Jones. Our First Ladies feature looks at the world's most influential LGBT political figures in the corridor of power. Charlotte Cooper talks Fat Power and why fat activism is important to anyone who cares about social change. Sarah Outen shares her rowing home to marry story. Also in this issue: Alicya Eyo Bi-commodification Cherry Jones Sober Start Margaret Cho Find Your Balance Big Joanie Stay protected online Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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