Ellen Page spoke during Friday’s conference for gay teens in Las Vegas and came out as gay on Valentine’s Day. Her emotional eight-minute speech was applauded not only by the attendants, but also by Human Rights Campaign, which organized the “Time to Thrive” campaign. The petite actress admitted that Hollywood has been hard on her throughout the years because of its stereotypes and left her no choice but to “lie by omission.” In her speech, the actress congratulated athlete Michael Sam, reportedly the first National football League player who opened about his sexuality.
The actress’ speech was encouraged with a standing ovation, a reaction to which she tweeted “thank you” not only for Human Rights Campaign, but also for all the people who showered her with love and support during the conference. Ellen Page came out as gay on Valentine’s Day during an event for gay teens. She began her speech by stating the reason why an actress would attend “Time to Thrive,” namely that she is gay and expressed the desire to “help others have an easier time.” The 26-year-old petite artist shared her hardships and hopes with her audience and admitted that she feels “a personal obligation and a social responsibility” towards coming out, but also let the attendants know that she is tired of hiding.
“I suffered for years because I was scared to be out,” Page said.
The Oscar nominee for best actress thanks to the outstanding performance in “Juno” told her public about her sufferings and admitted that her relationships were affected by her crushed spirit. Page stated that she is now “on the other side of that pain,” but indirectly blamed Hollywood’s standards for her hardships when talking about the standards of beauty, success and ultimately of a good life which affected her and didn’t allow her to be herself, although she tried to fight back. She referred to trivial gossip like comments about the sweatpants she wore on her way to the gym a few days ago and admitted that she likes to be comfortable. Page also allowed the two giant video screen to capture the tears in her eyes.
As a result, the Human Rights Campaign posted Page’s speech on its website and congratulated the petite actress for her gesture of coming out, especially during the conference on Valentine’s Day. At the same time, plenty of actors showed her support and admiration for letting this secret out.
A representative for Page told The Hollywood Reporter that the actress is not accepting media interviews for now, but she thanked Human Rights Campaign and replied to “House of Card’s” Kata Mara’s invitation to be her Valentine via Twitter.
Page will appear along Julianne Moore in “Freeheld,” a drama which presents a gay couple whose pension benefits are blocked after the former is diagnosed with a fatal illness. She will also have a role in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” as Shadowcat.
Ellen Page came out as gay on Valentine’s Day during “Time to Thrive” conference organized by Human Rights Campaign and her eight-minute speech enjoyed a standing ovation as she let her emotions show under the loving glances of her audience.
By Gabriela Motroc