The evening of Valentine`s day became special for an actress Ellen Page, as she came out as being a gay. She gave moving and personal speech about her life as being a lesbian in a hide. The announcement was made in a LGBT youth conference “Time to THIRVE”.
“I’m here today because I am gay,” Page, 26, told the audience “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 am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” Page proudly and defiantly declared. “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.”
Page continued her story and told about her mixed feelings and experiences after her success in a movie “Juno”
“It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing — at least in some sense — an industry that places crushing standards on all of us,” Page said. “Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me.”
“You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard,” she admitted.
Ellen ended her speech by wishing happy Valentine`s day to the audience and telling that she loves everybody.
26 years old actress became famous in 2007 after her lead act in a popular movie “Juno”. Also Ellen Page is about to start filming in a movie “Freeheld” as a lesbian partner for Julianne Moore.