Last night on Valentine’s Day, Canadian actress and Hollywood star Ellen Page came out as gay during a Human Rights Campaign presentation in Las Vegas for LGBT Youth.
Known for her Academy Award nominated role as the title character in 2006’s ‘Juno’, Ellen Page has since gone on to star in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’ and as Kitty Pryde in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and it’s upcoming summer sequel, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. She is well liked amongst fellow actors and audiences for her warmth, sense of humour and relatability.
Page gave a heartfelt and inspiring speech during the event, where she first acknowledged the “crushing standards” Hollywood gives to it’s LGBT actors and how she has suffered in her career. She later makes reference to groundbreaking members of the industry such as the gay American football star Michael Sam, transgendered Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox and lesbian musical duo Tegan and Sara.
She applauded the work the organisation does every single day to help and support those struggling with their sexuality and claimed she draws strength from the supportive members of the community before proudly proclaiming “I am here today because I am gay.” Which received a much deserved standing ovation from the audience.
Revealing her motives for coming out, Page claimed she wanted to make a difference, to help and to heal others, also adding the “selfish” reason that she was “tired of lying by omission”.
Being moved to tears, Ellen Page ended the courageous speech feeling more free and revealed the suffering she felt because of fear and how it affected her mental health and relationship.
“We deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.”
So please view the video below and watch the incredible speech by Ellen herself. Even if you are not gay yourself, hopefully you will stop, watch and take just a few moments to think.