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Ellen Page on Orlando: 'The reality is violence towards LGBT people is a common thing'

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Ellen Page has joined the slew of celebrities speaking out about the mass shooting in Orlando, which left 49 dead and 53 wounded at a gay nightclub Sunday. While on Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix talk show, Chelsea, the 29-year-old actress positioned the tragedy as part of a recurring pattern of violence in the LGBTQ community.

“The reality is violence towards LGBT people is a common thing… [It’s] constantly creating a poisonous environment,” she said. “It leads towards people hating themselves, towards people being violent towards one another, towards bullying, abuse. It really needs to stop.”

Page has been active in LGBTQ issues since publicly coming out in a 2014 Human Rights Campaign speech. She currently hosts Viceland’s new documentary series Gaycation, in which she travels the globe alongside best friend Ian Daniel to combat homophobia in various cultures.

“People are really, really struggling,” Page added on Chelsea. “And they deserve to live freely and love freely and not be afraid.”

The episode will begin streaming on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PT Thursday. Watch the clip above.