Actress Ellen Page is the latest celebrity to come out as gay. In a Feb. 14 report by E! Online, the "Juno" star made the announcement during a personal speech at Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth.
Although times have changed and people have become more accepting, Page believes more needs to be done. Coming out as gay may not be headline news to some, but in doing so, she, like many other celebrities and public figures who have come out, do so to help those who may be afraid to be who they are. In the speech held at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas she stated that she wants to make a difference.
"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 also said that they was helping others by displaying her own strength as a Hollywood actress. Being in the spotlight presented her with an inner struggle, and she hopes facing that struggle can be an inspiration all in itself.
"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. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me."
Ironically, Ellen Page has been paired with Julianne Moore in the upcoming film, "Freeheld", about a terminally ill lesbian woman who is prevented by government officials from assigning her pension benefits to her domestic partner. Page plays the partner in the film.
Page received support from other celebrities, including Lance Bass, Anna Kendrick, Shannon Woodward and Jason Collins.