Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page has come out as gay.
The ‘Juno’ actress said she had a ‘social responsibility’ to reveal her sexuality and was ‘tired of lying by omission’.
At a Human Rights conference to support young people in the LGBT community in Las Vegas on Friday, Page gave a ten-minute speech in which she celebrated activists in the community but also implicated Hollywood and the ‘crushing standards’ and conformities it puts on its young stars.
‘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. I am young, yes, but what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.’
Page, noticeably nervous, received a standing ovation at the end of her speech.
The actress is the latest star to come out as gay, after an American footballer, Michael Sam revealed his sexuality last week. Sam will be the first openly gay active player in the NFL football league if he is drafted.