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Ellen Page comes out as gay during LGBT conference

During a Las Vegas conference for LGBT teens on Valentine's Day, actress Ellen Page publicly came out in a moving speech where she openly stated she was gay, and that she was "tired of lying by omission."

During an LGBT conference for teens in Las Vegas on Valentine's Day, actress Ellen Page announced that she was gay, saying she was "tired of lying by omission."
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During an LGBT conference for teens in Las Vegas on Valentine's Day, actress Ellen Page announced that she was gay, saying she was "tired of lying by omission."
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

"I’m here today because I am gay," said the actress. "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 suffered for years because I was scared to be out,” Page told the crowd. “I’m standing on the other side of that pain.”

The 26-year-old actress delivered her speech at Time to THRIVE, hosted by a Human Rights Campaign, at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Vegas.

"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," said Page. "Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me."

Page is known for her break-out role as a pregnant teenager in "Juno" (2007), though she has also had roles in several blockbuster films, including "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006) and "Inception" (2010).

Page joins the growing number of celebrities who have recently announced that they are gay, including Jim Parsons, Victor Garber, Michael Sam, and Zachary Quinto.