Ellen Page Gives Emotional ‘Coming Out’ Speech in Front of Hundreds

Feb 15, 2014 2:09pm

American actress Ellen Page has come out as gay, saying she’s “tired of hiding” and “tired of lying by omission.”

With a slightly trembling voice, the “Juno” star delivered an impassioned speech on Valentine’s Day in front of hundreds at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation “Time to Thrive” conference in Las Vegas.

“I’m here today because I am gay,” Page said, pausing briefly after receiving a standing ovation from audience members. “And because maybe I can make a difference to help others have an easier and more hopeful time.”

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Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive Conference, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Las Vegas. Jeff Bottari/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign

The 26-year-old thanked those in the conference crowd who work with and counsel LGBTQ teens for inspiring her to come out.

“I suffered for years because I was scared to be out,” Page said. “My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationship suffered.

“We deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise,” she said.

After receiving an outpouring of public support, Page took to Twitter to thank her fans.

And to respond positively to a special Valentine’s message from “House of Cards” actress Kate Mara.

Page is best known for her work in “Inception,” “X-Men” and as a pregnant teen in indie film “Juno,” for which she received an Oscar nomination.

See her entire speech here:

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