Ellen Page comes out as gay at conference, on Internet

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Ilustration: screen capture from YouTube.com

During a speech at a Human Rights Campaign conference on Valentine's Day (February 14) 2014, Canadian actress Ellen Page went public about being gay. A moving video of the speech went on to gain wide visibility on the Internet.

"I'm here today because I'm gay ," she explained, visibly holding back tears as the audience applauded. A guest speaker at the Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas, the 26 year-old actress expressed the desire to "make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time."

Page mentioned the impact on a personal and professional level of feeling the need to hide her sexual orientation. Drawing attention to the harassment and rejection experienced by sexual minorities and especially youth, she congratulated activists on their efforts to change society.

"I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years, because I was scared to be out," she noted, emphasizing the sense of personal obligation and social responsibility that led her to come out in such a visible manner.

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