"Juno" star Ellen Page, who came out last year, expressed her disapproval of the honor on Twitter while retweeting a Vice article which cites Mills' remarks on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The article Page retweeted was written by Vice's Sally Hayden, who points out that Mills, the Democratic Unionist Party councillor for Ballymena, once linked Hurricane Katrina, which devastated southern Louisiana in 2005, to Southern Decadence, New Orleans' six-day LGBT pride festival.
“The media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence festival which the previous year had attracted an estimated 125,000 people,” Mills, described as "a committed born-again Christian," is quoted as having said at the time. “Surely this is a warning to nations where such wickedness is increasingly promoted and practiced.”
The Independent also reported that Mills once argued that HIV/AIDS was the result of the "filthy practice of sodomy."