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.
"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".
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.