Ellen Page revealed she is gay. The 26-year-old Juno and X-Men actress gave a moving and emotional speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time To THRIVE conference for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) youth in Las Vegas on February 14. Ellen said that it was her wish to live “an open and authentic life and said she is ‘sick of lying by omission’.
In her speech, Ellen also said that she hoped her news would help others struggling with their sexuality, saying: ‘I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference.” The LGBT youth have surely gained an outstanding role model. Watch Ellen Page’s confession in the video below:
Her speech was brave from her part, as there is so much pressure for young actresses to fit society’s mold in Hollywood. The star‘s courageous decision to come out gay has been received with love and support from other celebrities on Twitter. Here are some of those tweets:
Love love LOVE @EllenPage & the message she sent out today! What a perfect way to end Valentines Day!
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 15, 2014
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) February 15, 2014
Props to @EllenPage for helping so many people through their daily struggles by courageously leading by example and coming out on V Day!
— Emile Hirsch (@EmileHirsch) February 15, 2014