“We, as LGBTQ+ people, are forced to fear for our safety because instances of hate violence… They happen to us all the time,” the “Juno” star writes in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.
The 32-year-old actress felt compelled to write on the subject after Smollett was arrested on a felony disorderly conduct charge for filing a false police report, which claimed the “Empire” star was attacked in an alleged hate crime.
“The conversation around Jussie Smollett has led us all to examine hate violence and its implications and aftermath. I had no reason to doubt Jussie… If this situation was staged, it could make victims even more reluctant to report these crimes. Very real crimes.”
Page writes about her work on the docuseries “Gaycation”, which chronicles LGBTQ+ stories from around the world, and how it introduced her to many survivors of hate violence. “I know how prevalent and pernicious [hate violence] can be,” she says.
“While the media and public debate the [Smollett] case and await more information, we must not lose sight of the very real, endemic violence that LGBTQ+ people, people of color and other underrepresented communities face every day.”
The Oscar-nominated film-star urges people “not to question our pain, not to draw into question our trauma, but to maintain, wholeheartedly, that hate violence exists.”
She continues: “The merits of one case should not and cannot call that into question. The media coverage does not convey the reality and totality of the cruelty and danger we face. This is the story that must be told.”
You can read the full article at THR.com