Later this year, Vice is set to launch a stand-alone TV channel called Viceland, featuring round-the-clock programming that focuses on “[understanding] the world we live in.” But of all the shows the network is set to debut, none look quite so promising as Gaycation: Ellen Page’s new docu-series with her best friend, Ian Daniel, about what it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in different countries around the world.
On Tuesday, Viceland released the first trailer for the show — and it’s everything we could have hoped for and more.In the trailer, Page and Daniel are shown galavanting around Japan, Jamaica, Brazil, and other countries; investigating “what it means” to be LGBTQ+.
The duo documents both how far we’ve come, and how far we have left to go — and likewise, the trailer is equal parts beautiful and disheartening. Gaycation hopes to explore the diversity of queer culture, but it also hopes to show just how dangerous it can still be when you identify as anything other than straight and cis.
“Being gay is not a choice,” Page says in the trailer. “The amount of people that struggle so much because of the shame they feel or the fear of being oppressed or hurt or killed. Why would someone make that choice? Why would someone make that choice?”
The show feels especially essential given the fact that the validity of queer and trans identities are seemingly up for debate on a daily basis. Page, who publicly came out in 2014, has truly become one of the most important voices in the movement for LGBTQ+ equality today — and we couldn’t be more excited for the show to premiere on February 29.
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