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Ellen Page, Stephen Colbert talk about LGBT rights in new Late Show interview

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Ellen Page appeared on Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Show to discuss Freeheld, her new movie based on a true story about a dying police detective (Julianne Moore) who fights to leave her pension to her partner.

Page discussed how stories like Freeheld can raise awareness and help eliminate discriminatory views of the LGBT community.

“All we’re asking for is equality,” Page said. “And to grow up in a society that doesn’t make us feel less than, that doesn’t make us feel shame.”

Colbert then asked Page her thoughts on religious liberties potentially being infringed upon by the LGBT community.

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“Religious liberty and religious freedom is so so important. It’s so, so crucial. And what’s unfortunate, throughout history, religious liberty has been used to justify discrimination based on gender, based on race, and now it’s the LGBT community.”

Page also brought up her own coming-out story, saying she’s “grateful” to feel how she does now, as being closeted was a “toxic” way to live.

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