Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: “I Suffered For Years Because I Was Scared To Be Out”

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Ellen Page, the Oscar nominated star of Juno and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, came out as a lesbian in a moving speech delivered at Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth in Las Vegas.

I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.

I also do it selfishly, because I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered.

And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that
pain. I am young, yes, but what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.

Crediting the bravery of people like trans actress Laverne Cox and out football player Michael Sam, Page admitted the entertainment business can instill unrealistic standards.

“Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me,” she told the audience. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.”

Gossip sites had previously linked Page with Alexander Skarsgard, her co-star in the indie drama The East. Her newest project is Freeheld, a feature film based on an acclaimed documentary about a dying lesbian’s fight to secure a pension for her partner.

Page’s full remarks are available here.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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