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As a ‘must see’, I would recommend a new docuseries by Ellen Page and her best friend, Ian Daniel, called Gaycation which explores LGBT culture around the world. I’ve been watching some of these videos over the last few days and at times it has been heartbreaking but at other times uplifting.

So far she has been to Jamaica, Brazil and Japan… these videos can be found on YouTube/VICELAND.

From the dancehall scene in Jamaica, the carnival parades in Brazil to a son coming out to his mother in Japan, it’s really eye opening and humbling.
Ellen Page came out in 2014, in a very inspiring speech at HRCF’s Time to Strive Conference…

And it’s always inspiring to see a childhood star, who has been through similar struggles, come out and stand up in a bold way for something that matters a lot to you.

Gaycation is just one among the great projects that she has been doing… she was in Jamaica last year for the country’s very first gay pride – something I’m still at awe about.
It was a very small celebration but it sends a very strong message to the people in a very homophobic country, that we are still alive and proud. Some of the scenes from that pride event are shown in the documentary she did in Jamaica.

She also spoke with a very homophobic politician and a serial killer in Brazil, who of course, refused to show his face. His unquestionable hate for gay people is really sad!

Please check out this series and share your thoughts!

4 Replies to “Gaycation!”

  1. Michael says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I will definitely check out the show. I remember hearing that Jamaica as the general culture, is very homophobic. I hope to see that changing in the future. I know there must be a lot of people not feeling safe to live authentic lives. I hope this show can bring more awareness about LGBT issues. ~ Michael

  2. Kevin A. says:

    So far the episodes have been getting some good reviews and responses. I’m happy for that!

    Also, the countries Ellen has visited so far are very different in their own way – bringing awareness to the diverse challenges LGBT people face.

    And you are right Michael, its a different reality from what it is like here… the struggle is real. Once you get to see any of the episodes, please share your thoughts.

  3. RaiC says:

    Gaycation was def the talk of twitter not too long ago. One of my friends shared the same video of Trina and I was amazed. I’ve watched a few videos and i def think it should get some tv time. It’s really dope and I enjoy hearing and seeing all of the different perspectives. Not a lot of people are brave enough to venture out into some of the most homophobic parts of the world let alone have the courage to capture it all on video. There’s so many similarities all over the world and the series does a great job at showing that. As heartbreaking as it is to watch and to imagine going through half of what the people in the LGBTQ community endure, it’s our reality and it gives me some sort of hope to see the amount of support that everyone has been showing.

  4. Kevin A. says:

    Yeah Rai! I am glad that you got a chance to see some of the videos.

    VICELNAND is a TV channel that shows repeat episodes but I also hope it will get some more TV time, especially on the more popular channels.

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