Ellen Page made the courageous decision on Friday to come out as gay at the inaugural Time to Thrive Conference held by the Human Rights Campaign in Las Vegas. In the opening speech for the conference, the actress spoke about being a lesbian, publicly, for the first time ever.
Ellen Page came out in the middle of her speech, which received a standing ovation from the attendees.
In her speech, Page said: “”I am 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 also do it selfishly because I’m tired of hiding. And I’m 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 with all of you on the other side of this pain. And I am young, yes, but what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and, yes, even the pain of it is the most incredible gift to give and receive as a human being.”
Earlier in her speech, the “Juno” star reflected on how hard it is to be “authentic” as an actress in Hollywood.
The 26-year-old pervious Oscar nominee’s passionate speech also served as a cry for the young HRC attendees on hand to attend workshops on how to promote the “safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth.” She concluded her speech up by saying, “Thank you. Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for giving me hope. And please keep changing the world for people like me.”
The conference will also have a slew of other inspirational famous speakers including Lance Bass, Chelsea Clinton, and Magic and Cookie Johnson.
Ellen Page’s speech can be found below.