The BEST episodes of Gaycation

Every episode of Gaycation ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Gaycation!

Elliot and his best friend Ian set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the world. From Japan to Brazil, Jamaica to America, they discover the multiplicity of LGBTQ experiences, meeting amazing people and hearing their deeply moving stories of struggle and triumph. GAYCATION celebrates the state of LGBTQ identities across the globe.

Last Updated: 12/18/2023Network: VICE TV (US)Status: Ended
109 votes

#1 - Brazil

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/9/2016

Ellen and Ian arrive in Rio during Carnival to find out how Brazil’s queer community live in a place with the highest LGBTQ murder rate in the world--a journey which eventually leads them to one of the most dangerous confrontations of their lives.

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103 votes

#2 - USA

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/23/2016

Ellen and Ian take a road trip from Iowa to NYC. In the battle between religious liberty and the fight for queer rights, they see the highs and lows of the LGBTQ movement.

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168 votes

#3 - Japan

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/2/2016

Actress Ellen Page and best friend and co-host Ian Daniel find out what it’s really like to be part of the LGBTQ community in Japan, the nation of contradictions. Simultaneously known for its conservative work values and its outlandish art and fashion, Japan has placed the LGBTQ community in societal ambiguity. Ellen and Ian meet some of the people struggling in the grey area of acceptance versus rejection.

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102 votes

#4 - Jamaica

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/16/2016

Ellen and Ian touchdown in Jamaica, notorious for its homophobia. They explore how the queer community is seen through the eyes of Jamaica’s most iconic exports--from the notorious dancehall scene to the ‘one love’ philosophy of Rastafari.

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54 votes

#5 - Ukraine

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/7/2016

Ellen and Ian head to Ukraine two years after the revolution and meet with the LGBTQ activists fighting for visibility and equality in a post-Soviet nation.

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85 votes

#6 - India

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/14/2016

Ellen and Ian explore India with guides from the local LGBTQ+ community to try and understand how the country can evolve and still maintain its’ deep-rooted traditions.

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73 votes

#7 - France

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/21/2016

Ian travels to France, a city he once lived in as a student, to look at what it's like for LGBTQ persons whose stories and struggles are often hidden.

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Deep South
51 votes

#8 - Deep South

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/28/2016

Ian sets out on a road trip across the Deep South to explore the culture of local queer communities as well as the serious issues and stigmas that they still face.

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