Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page has officially come out as a lesbian. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Page made the declaration about her sexuality at Time to Thrive, a Human Rights Campaign conference in Las Vegas for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth on Feb. 14, 2014.
Page (who is 26) said during a speech at the conference: "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 ...
"I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."
Page received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her breakout role in the comedy "Juno," in which she played a pregnant teen named Juno who decides to give her baby up for adoption.
Page's other movie credits include several "X-Men" films, "Inception," "Whip It," "The East," "To Rome, With Love" and "Hard Candy."
It has been announced that Page will co-star in the movie "Freeheld," which is based on the Oscar-winning documentary "Freeheld: The Laurel Hester Story," about a lesbian police detective named Laurel Hester whose girlfriend Stacie Andree is denied domestic-partner benefits after Hester's death. Julianne Moore will play Hester, and Page will play Andree in the "Freeheld" feature film, whose release date is to be announced.
There had been rumors for several years that Page is a lesbian. And even though several media outlets reported in 2012 and in 2013 that Page was dating Alexander Skarsgård, who co-starred with her in "The East," the lesbian rumors persisted. Page has now put those rumors to rest once and for all.