Ellen Page & Emma Portner. Photo Credit: Ellen Page Instagram
Happy #20gayteen to Ellen Page and Emma Portner, who made their wedding Instagram official last Thursday.
Page posted three photos of the couple, including one of their hands wearing their wedding bands, with the caption “Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife.”
Portner also shared the photos with the caption “I get to call this incredible woman MY WIFE! @ellenpage I LOVE YOU!”
In October, 23 year old Portner told The Cut that the couple first met on Instagram, after she posted a video of herself dancing to a song by Sylvan Esso, the band shared the video, and Page saw it and direct messaged her.
The couple made their first public appearance together last September at the Flatliners movie premiere, with Ellen posting an adorable photo of them in the car on the way to the theatre. They have since posted videos of them dancing together and assorted loved up posts on their Instagram feeds.
Portner is a super in-demand dancer, choreographer and dance teacher who is gaining attention in her own right but is still adapting to the tabloid interest in her relationship.
“It’s quite crazy,” she told The Cut. “But if anything, I’m happy for it. We try to hold hands in public. I try to join her at movie premieres. If we were a straight couple, I don’t think we’d push it so much. But it’s a chance for queerness to be out in the open.” It’s been a huge four years for Page, who has become an advocate for LGBT and women’s rights since she came out during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference in 2014.
In November last year, Page used social media to joined the chorus of voices rising up to end the culture of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. In an emotional Facebook post, she accused director Brett Ratner of outing her at a work function when she was just 18 and of routinely sexually harassing and humiliating other women at work. She wrote that during a ‘meet and greet’ with cast and crew before filming XMen: The Last Stand, “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: “You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.”
Page is one of 300 female Hollywood actors, agents, writers, directors, producers and executives who have created the Time's Up campaign, which was launched with a full-page open letter in the New York Times on January 1.
The initiative aims to increase the number of women being hired and end pay parity in the workforce and a legal defence fund has been set up to support people who believe that they’ve been discriminated against or harassed in their workplace.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end,” the statement said. “Time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.”
“Time’s up on silence, time’s up on waiting, time’s up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse.”
The group is also demanding greater representation for "women of color, immigrant women, disabled women and lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, whose experiences in the workforce are often significantly worse than their white, cisgender, straight peers.”
The group urged women attending today’s Golden Globes Awards to wear black as a sign of solidarity with the sexual harassment victims who came forward late last year.