Ellen Page came out as as lesbian at a gay teens conference in Las Vegas. The Human Rights Campaign site reports that the Oscar-nominated "Juno" actress included this truth in her speech at the Time to Thrive gathering on Feb. 14.
According to Reuters via Yahoo!, the 26-year-old thespian said, "I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission."
A huge roar erupted from the LGBT crowd who attended the conference sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign.
Page is currently set to play opposite Julianne Moore in the drama "Freeheld." The impending biopic, based on a documentary of the same name, is about a police detective (Moore) who is afflicted by lung cancer, a terminal illness, and who is advocating to give her retirement benefits to her lesbian lover (Page) in a fight for gay rights.
Ellen has played other socially pertinent parts in the past, like her pregnant teen role in "Juno." She also starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in "Inception."
Meanwhile, the actress who originally hails from Nova Scotia talked to her audience on Valentine's Day, saying, "I’m here today because I am gay. 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."
She then added that her proclamation was selfish, saying "I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered."
Ellen Page said all this to a room full of LGBT youth who she said she knew were "on the other side of all that pain."
This famous role model then gave these teens a challenge, stating, "There are too many kids out there suffering from bullying, rejection, or simply being mistreated because of who they are. Too many dropouts. Too much abuse. Too many homeless. Too many suicides. You can change that and you are changing it."
And so, as Ellen Page came out as gay, the "Juno" actress was able to take this opportunity to bond with the people with whom she shared this information in the first place.