Ellen Page is celebrating Pride month with the love of her life, and a pretty awesome portrait to go with it.
The Juno actress marked the beginning of Pride in the US with a stunning picture with her wife of one year Emma Portner.
The black and white picture saw the couple topless and leaning in for a kiss, with Emma, a professional dancer, smiling and wrapping her arms around Ellen.
The beautiful image was captioned: ‘HAPPY PRIDE!!! Sending love.’
Ellen, 32, and Emma, 24, tied the knot in January 2018, after they are believed to have started dating in the summer of 2017.
Their marriage came nearly four years after Ellen came out during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time To THRIVE conference for LGBTQ youth, with the Umbrella Academy star recently opening up about being ‘very, very, very closeted’.
She told The Independent: ‘I mean, I barely touched a woman outside until I was 27 years old.
But she explained she ‘transformed’ overnight after coming out, admitting it was an ‘enormous relief’.
‘And, I wasn’t OK, physically, at the time. I had a lot of physical stuff that was happening. I was very susceptible to panic attacks. And coming out, like [she clicks her fingers] it was as if I transformed overnight.’
Since coming out, Ellen has been vocal in the fight against homophobia, calling out Vice President Mike Pence’s support of conversion therapy in a blistering speech on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
And earlier this year, she hit out at Chris Pratt for attending ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ’ churches Hillsong and the Zoe Church.
Upon seeing a tweet from The Hollywood Reporter reading ‘Fresh from fasting, @prattprattpratt talks about his spiritual side’, Ellen wrote: ‘Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?’
The actress’s followers praised her for speaking out on the church, which has been accused of anti-LGBTQ behaviour in the past.
Hillsong’s leader Brian Houston has said that while gay people are welcome to worship at the church, and that loves all people, Hillsong doesn’t ‘affirm’ the gay ‘lifestyle’.
In a statement in 2015, Houston said: ‘Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.
‘So if you are gay, are you welcome at Hillsong Church? Of course! You are welcome to attend, worship with us, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that you are personally included and accepted within our community. But (this is where it gets vexing), can you take an active leadership role? No.
‘This won’t make everyone happy and to some, this stance may even be seen as hypocritical. We are a gay welcoming church but we are not a church that affirms a gay lifestyle.’
And in the Australia same-sex marriage vote, the pastor said: ‘Hillsong’s position on homosexuality and gay marriage has not changed and is consistent with Scripture.’
Meanwhile, pastor Carl Lentz said he admits he doesn’t know what Jesus would think about homosexuality, saying: ‘Jesus was in the thick of an era where homosexuality, just like it is today, was widely prevalent. And I’m still waiting for someone to show me the quote where Jesus addressed it on the record in front of people. You won’t find it because he never did.’
Chris, however, did not mention any of this when talking to Stephen Colbert, as he discussed how religion helps him deal with fame.
Ellen later clarified her comments, tweeting: ‘If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organisation that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all.’
She added: ‘If lgbtq+ people are expressing their pain, their trauma, their experiences… maybe just try and listen? Open your heart, stop being defensive and have compassion. ‘It’s beautiful and life changing feeling, empathy. Much love truly to all.’
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