Last night at an HRC event in Las Vegas, Ellen Page came out as gay. In a deeply emotional, humble, brave speech, Page said, “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 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.”
When Page spoke aloud the words, “I’m gay” the audience jumped to its feet an gave her a standing ovation, and after trying for a moment to demure, she breathed a sigh of relief and laughed.
You can (and should!) watch the full video of her speech below. She tackles more issues than coming out. But grab some tissues first; you’re going to cry.
Congratulations, Ellen Page! Thank you for having the courage to declare your sexuality so publicly. Every time anyone comes out of the closet — especially such a well-respected celebrity like yourself — it leaves the door open a little bit wider for all of those who will come after you.