Ellen Page & Julianne Moore Banned From Filming Lesbian Drama at Catholic School

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Julianne Moore and Ellen Page have been banned from shooting scenes at a New York Catholic boys’ school for their lesbian love drama, Freeheld.

What year is it?!

Freeheld is a civil rights drama about how a lesbian couple – a terminally ill police detective (Moore) and her mechanic partner (Page) – fought discrimination to extend domestic partner benefits. They wanted to use Salesian High School in New Rochelle, NY school as the town hall where their characters apply for a domestic partnership.
Originally, they had permission to shoot the scene at the location; that is, only until the school’s higher-ups learned about the nature of the “subject matter”.

Producer Michael Shamberg told Buzzfeed, “I respect their right to say no. But it’s sad.”

Shamberg even sent Principle John Flaherty an appeal, writing, “I believe the theme of the movie is what Pope Francis recognized when he called for the church to welcome and accept gay people.”

But Flaherty never even responded!

Ellen Page, who came out in February, tweeted:

Producer Kelly Bush remarked, “That our film was denied access to a location because of the subject matter – a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights – illustrates just how important it is that this story be told.”

When Buzzfeed News contacted Principle Flaherty, he wrote, “All are welcomed at Salesian High School. Our School chooses to embrace the social issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, and helping the less fortunate.” Nevertheless, his decision to forbid a gay rights movie from filming at the high school is a sad reminder that there is still a long way to go for LGBT rights.


[Lead photo credit: left, ASK-GSI; right, Splash News – Julianne Moore and Ellen Page on set for Freeheld]