Valentine’s Day 2014 will be an unforgettable one for many people who are either fans of Ellen Page or who may be struggling with their sexuality.
Ellen Page, made an emotional revelation to the masses on February 14, 2014 that she is in fact, gay.
Many remember her as the star of "Juno." This was the 2007 hit movie portraying a teenager who ended up pregnant and struggling with the decision to give her baby up for adoption.
Her coming out actually took place at a "conference for educators and counselors who work with LGBTQ youth."
Page stated, “I’m here today because I am gay, and because maybe I can make a difference,” the 26-year-old Page told a group of about 600 school counselors, teachers and others at the Human Rights Campaign’s inaugural conference devoted to issues faced by children and teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer. “I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility. I also do it selfishly, because I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission.”
The room at first fell silent, almost as if it was something that they had to take in, and you can see Ellen's relief as they gave her a standing ovation.
For many years the beautiful young star has been the "subject of gossip and speculation."
Another standing ovation came when she stated, “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.”
She continued speaking for a total of 8 minutes, and her announcement is home that hit home for many people both in Hollywood and in the suburbs alike.
Page mentioned also that,"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. Not just young people, but everyone," she said. "Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me. You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard; Sometimes it’s the little, insignificant stuff that can tear you down," she said. "I try not to read gossip as a rule, but the other day a website ran an article with a picture of me wearing sweatpants on the way to the gym. The writer asked, 'Why does [this] petite beauty insist upon dressing like a massive man?'"
She answered that question last night by saying, “Because I like to be comfortable.”
Since Juno star Ellen Page has finally freed herself by coming out as gay she says that she "hopes to help others struggling with their sexuality,"
She stated as much in her blunt revelation beginning with, "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.
'The tears in her eyes showed the sincerity and the importance of the night for her and what she hoped it would be for countless others. The outpouring of support on social media that followed was remarkable.
She received support from hundreds of people some including Time to THRIVE organizer Human Rights Campaign, Lance Bass, X-Men star's Emile Hirsch, Tegan and Sara, and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick just to name a few.
Page was brilliant in her coming out, and many stand to learn a lot from this brave young woman. As she so honestly stated, "We deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise"