Actress Ellen Page came out as a gay woman in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive Conference in Las Vegas Friday night, telling the crowd that she is “tired of lying by omission” and saying she’s coming out now because of the “social responsibility” she feels to make a statement for others. Page talked about Hollywood as a place that imposes “crushing standards on all of us” that she has tried to push back on.
She talked about the kind of bullying the average young LGBT kid has to go through every single day. She said, “I know there are people in this room who go to school every day and get treated like shit for no reason, or you go home and feel like you can’t tell your parents the whole truth about yourself.”
Page blasted the “pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity” that serve no purpose other than to invite harsh judgment for those who do not conform. And then, Page talked about her own experience and cleared the air about her sexuality and her struggle to deal with the societal pressures surrounding it.
“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 am tired of hiding and I am 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 today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”
You can watch Page’s full speech below:
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