• Ellen Page sits down with Chelsea Lately, saying that homophobia and hate crimes "really need" to stop. (Netflix)Source: Netflix
Oscar nominated actress and LGBT+ activist Ellen Page appeared on Chelsea Handler's show 'Chelsea' in the wake of the massacre at LGBT+ club Pulse in Orlando, Florida, saying that violence against queer people "really needs to stop".
Stephanie Marie Anderson

16 Jun 2016 - 3:35 PM  UPDATED 16 Jun 2016 - 4:43 PM

Actress, producer and LGBTQIA+ activist Ellen Page sat down with Chelsea Handler to discuss LGBT+ hate crimes, homophobia and gun control, in the wake of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, earlier this week.

"Whether you believe in guns or not, whatever we're doing isn't working," says Chelsea, adding that America needs to have "a conversation" about how to "fix [the] country".

“These are assault weapons," she says of the AR-15 gun that that killed 49 and injured another 53 in Orlando on Sunday morning and was also used in the Sandy Hook massacre, the Aurora massacre and the San Bernadino massacre.

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"I’m a privileged person. I live in Los Angeles. I have done a job that has given me money and I can walk down the street and kiss my girlfriend."

"Having the Second Amendment shouldn’t supersede your right to go out to a dance club and have a good night. You shouldn’t have to be armed.”

Focusing on the victims and the killer's motivation, Ellen brought the conversation back to the queer community, saying: “The reality is violence towards LGBT people is a common thing".

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"We must reiterate the queerness of our dead brothers and sisters and refuse to have their lives strategically turned into disembodied, undifferentiated and abstract “human” lives in the name of the 'War on Terror'," writes João Florêncio.

Stating that anti-LGBT+ rhetoric is "constantly creating a poisonous environment,” Ellen says: “It leads towards people hating themselves, towards people being violent towards one another, towards bullying, abuse. It really needs to stop. People are really, really struggling and they deserve to live freely and love freely and not be afraid.”

Ellen has recently been travelling the world for her Viceland docuseries Gaycation, which follows her and her best friend Ian Daniel as they explore queer communities all over the world.