Gaycation (TV series)

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Also known as Gaycation with Ellen Page
Genre Documentary
Country of origin United States, Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 8 + 2 specials (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Ellen Page
  • Nomi Ernst Leidner
  • Brendan Fitzgerald
  • Shane Smith
  • Eddy Moretti
  • Spike Jonze
  • William Fairman (co-executive producer)
  • Niharika Desai (supervising producer)
  • Bradley J. Levin
  • Jim Czarnecki
Production location(s)
Cinematography Niall Kenny
Running time 44 minutes
Original network Viceland
Original release March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02) – April 30, 2017 (2017-04-30)
External links
Official website

Gaycation (also known as Gaycation with Ellen Page) is a 2016 American television documentary series hosted by Ellen Page and Ian Daniel. The series premiered on 2 March 2016 on Viceland as part of its new programming launch. The series explores LGBTQ cultures around the world, as Page and Daniel meet different people during their travels and hear their stories.


Gaycation was introduced as part of the programming launch of Vice Media's new channel, Viceland.[1] The series was originally conceived when Spike Jonze, as the co-president of Viceland, approached Ellen Page and requested input on possible show ideas for the new channel; she suggested a travel show with an LGBT perspective.[2] After Jonze recommended that Page be accompanied by a companion during the series, Page suggested Ian Daniel, a personal friend who had experience as an art curator and worked as the Director of Artistic Programs at The Civilians Theater Company, to be brought on as a co-host.[3]

The series was renewed for a second season in 2016.[4]


Filming for the first season began June 2015, in New York City.[5] Notably, Page's attempt to interview Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair was recorded by bystanders and went viral;[6][7] the exchange would appear in the United States episode of the series. Each of the episodes were made available for online viewing shortly after each episode's premiere.

Filming for season 2 began in March 2016.[8] A special episode aired on August 24, 2016, focusing on the aftermath of the mass shooting that occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.[9] The second season began airing on September 7, 2016.[9][10] In January 2017, the series was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program.[11]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 4 March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02) March 23, 2016 (2016-03-23)
Special August 24, 2016 (2016-08-24)
2 4 September 7, 2016 (2016-09-07) September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28)
Special April 30, 2017 (2017-04-30)


Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"Japan"March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02)
In the series premiere, Ellen and Ian explore the contradictions surrounding the LGBTQ community in Japan by immersing themselves in the culture and meeting people who have struggled with the nation's ambiguous stance on homosexuality.
22"Brazil"March 9, 2016 (2016-03-09)
A visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, explores how Brazil's queer community manages to live in a place that has the highest LGBTQ murder rate in the world.
33"Jamaica"March 16, 2016 (2016-03-16)
Ellen and Ian travel to Jamaica, a country notorious for its homophobia, and explore how the area's gay community is perceived. Featuring Beenie Man.
44"United States"March 23, 2016 (2016-03-23)
Ellen and Ian go on a road trip from Iowa to New York City, during which they explore both the progress and setbacks of the LGBTQ movement in the United States. They start with a brief detour to Saskatchewan in Canada to attend a gathering of Two Spirit Native Americans. At the Iowa Republican Caucus, Ellen asks Senator Ted Cruz during live Q&A about his stance on LGBT rights. Their trip ends at the Gay Pride parade in New York City.

Special (2016)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
5"Gaycation Presents: Orlando"August 24, 2016 (2016-08-24)
In a special presentation from Gaycation, Ellen Page and Ian Daniel sit down with a diverse group of individuals affected by the shooting in Orlando to discuss the aftermath of the tragic event.

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
61"Ukraine"September 7, 2016 (2016-09-07)
In the second-season premiere, Ellen and Ian travel to Ukraine two years after the revolution and meet LGBTQ activists fighting for equality in a post-Soviet era.
72"India"September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14)
Ellen and Ian travel to India, where guides from the local LGBTQ community help them explore how the country can evolve while maintaining its long-held traditions.
83"France"September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21)
Ian travels to France, where he once lived as a student, to look at what it's like for LGBTQ persons whose stories and struggles are often hidden. Featuring transgender showgirl Marie-Pierre Pruvot, aka Bambi.
94"Deep South"September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28)
In the second-season finale, Ian embarks on a road trip through the Deep South to explore the culture of local LGBTQ communities and the social stigmas they're forced to endure.

Special (2017)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
10"Gaycation Presents: United We Stand"April 30, 2017 (2017-04-30)
In a special presentation of Gaycation, Ellen Page and Ian Daniel go beyond the headlines and take a look into what the Trump administration could mean for the LGBTQ community.


Year Association Category Result Ref.
2016 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program Nominated [12]
2017 69th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominated [13]
2017 28th GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Reality Program Nominated [14]
2018 29th GLAAD Media Awards Nominated [15]


  1. ^ Vice Teases Ellen Page, Marc Maron Programs For "New Channel"
  2. ^ 'Gaycation' Flips the Script on Travel Shows
  3. ^ Next Magazine (September 7, 2016), "No Boundaries" (Alexander Kacala)
  4. ^ Viceland Renews Five Shows, Including Ellen Page's 'Gaycation,' Picks Up Five More
  5. ^ ellenpage#nycpride with @ianjamesdaniel and @vice
  6. ^ "Ellen Page confronts Ted Cruz over LGBT rights"
    The Canadian actress, who came out as gay last year at a pro-LGBT conference organized by the Human Rights Campaign, got into a heated back-and-forth with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair on Friday
  7. ^ Ellen Page Asks Ted Cruz About LGBT Rights at Iowa State Fair
  8. ^ grateful 2b w @ianjdaniel 4 #gaycation season 2 w @VICELAND THANK YOU 2 every1 who has & will share their stories
  9. ^ a b Ellen Page’s ‘Gaycation’ to Air Orlando Shooting Special in August
  10. ^ Viceland scheduled Gaycation season 2 premiere date
  11. ^ GLAAD Media Awards honor Moonlight, Supergirl, Black Mirror, and more
  12. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  13. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  14. ^ "GLAAD Awards 2017: The Complete List of Winners". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  15. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (May 5, 2018). "GLAAD Media Awards: 'Call Me By Your Name' Wins Best Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 6, 2018.

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