Actress Ellen Page is heading out on a world tour as the star of a documentary travel series.
The show, which debuted in America on Wednesday on the Viceland cable network, explores lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cultures around the globe.
Gaycation features the Juno star and her best friend, Ian Daniel, travelling to far flung corners of the globe to document LGBT communities and sample the night life.
The show is billed as a lighthearted travel programme, which also documents “homophobia and hope”. On Wednesday’s show the pair visits Tokyo’s LGBT district, where they support a young Japanese man ‘coming out’ to his mother on camera.
Other highlights include Ellen, 29, and Ian attending the first LGBT pride march in Jamaica and talking to proud LGBT activists, as well and those who are oppressed and marginalised.
Speaking to Vice, Ellen said, “I guess I first had the idea because I love travel shows. I think when you’re a member of the LGBT community and you’re travelling, you have things to be mindful of, particularly if you’re going to specific places where it might not be the easiest thing to be a member of the gay community.”
The show will feature Ellen’s verbal showdown with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz over LGBT rights and religious freedom at the Iowa State Fair last year, when she asked the politician for his opinion on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people finding themselves unemployed after ‘coming out’.
The new show was devised by Ellen in conjunction with Viceland’s Creative Director Spike Jones when the two where sharing an apartment in 2014.
Spike said, “We were just starting to to figure out what a channel would be… I came home from work one day and was telling her about it. The next morning she woke up, and it was crystal clear – the show would be called Gaycation and it would involve travelling to different places to explore LGBT culture.”