“Juno” star Ellen Page revealed that she is gay at “Time To Thrive,” a conference for the LGBT youth held at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Friday.
The 26-year-old actress 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." She added, "I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”
Page told the audience: “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.”
Page also shared that she had been feeling inner turmoil since her success in 2007 for her role in the film “Juno.”
“"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," Page said. "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," she admitted.
Human Rights Campaign wrote on their Twitter account shortly after Page revealed her sexual orientation: “Congratulations, @EllenPage for taking the steps to live openly and come out as lesbian. #comingout #timetoTHRIVE.”
Page wrote on her Twitter account on Friday: “Thank you @HRC and everyone for all the love and support.”
Page will appear soon in the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" which is slated for a May 2014 release.
Check out Page’s speech here: