(EVO) – Gay rights take center stage at the Toronto International Film Festival at the premiere of “Freeheld,” starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.
The film’s star Julianne Moore hit the red carpet. She plays real-life police officer Laurel Hester, whose 2005 legal battle to pass on her pension benefits to her partner Stacie Andree became a turning point for gay activism.
“I think it’s great. It’s a real celebration and for me, you know the Supreme Court decision was really timely. It was time for it to happen you could feel it, time for our culture, it was time for the U.S. I feel like the tide is turning and you’re seeing it actually reflected in entertainment,” Moore said.
Canadian actress Page stars as Andree in the film and also served as a producer on the film. She says it inspired her to change her own life.
“In moments in my life, I was struggling with certain things, to hear their story or other people’s stories of brave individuals and much more vulnerable situations doing the right thing – you say to yourself, ‘oh my goodness, just tell people you’re gay and be happier and be more free’,” Page said.
And that’s exactly what she did one year ago. Page attended the premiere with her girlfriend Samantha Thomas.
The film, which is due to hit theaters in North America on October 2nd, will also feature a song recorded by Miley Cyrus.
The Toronto International Film Festival screens more than 300 films from 60 different countries over its 10-day run, which wraps on September 20.