Las Vegas, NE, United States (4E) – Ellen Page has come out as gay in her speech at the Time to Thrive conference held by the Human Rights Campaign at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Friday.
“I am here today because I am gay,” the 26-year-old actress told the audience, who then gave her a standing ovation. She continued, “[I'm here] because maybe I can make a difference to help others have an easier and more hopeful time.”
“I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission, Page added with a trembling voice. “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.”
Before her revelation, Page talked about feeling “weird” that she is speaking in front of a multitude of people, young and old, from different backgrounds, all trying to do better the lives of others. “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, and 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 continued, “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. And I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.”
The “Juno” star also shared that she believes the world will be a better place if people would just be “less horrible to one another,” and expressed that if people would believe in themselves, took time to appreciate each others’ beauty than to focus on attacks, living would be easier and lives would be saved.
After her speech, Page has not given out any interviews, but wrote on her Twitter page, “Thank you @HRC and everyone for all the love and support.”
Page, who has started her career in acting in Canada, rose to international fame in 2007 for her role as a teen that got pregnant in “Juno,” for which she received an Oscar Nomination. She has also appeared in several acclaimed films such as “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Inception,” and “To Rome with Love.”