Ellen Page, the 26-year-old actress most known for her role in “Juno”, decided to come out during the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to THRIVE conference.
Sexual preferences are a personal matter to us, but the actress said she is sick of “lying by omission” and bravely made the announcement.
In her speech, Ellen said she hoped her news would help others struggling with their sexuality, stating, “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 said, “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. 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.”
Hollywood stars tweeted their support for her official “coming out”.
Former boybander Lance Bass was in the audience when Ellen came out and immediately shared an Instagram snap of her at the podium.
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