Revealing what has long been rumoured but never previously confirmed, Juno actress Ellen Page as come out as gay. The 26-year-old revealed the news in Las Vegas at the Human Rights Campaign’s THRIVE conference benefiting LGBTQ youth, as reported by THR.
Delivering her speech, she 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. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”
“I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” she added. “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 has long spoken of the difficulty she’s felt in the public eye, especially when people have made comments about her gender expression (such as her preference for comfy clothes over stereotypically sexy attire). There have also long been suggestions she was a lesbian, although again it’s never been certain whether this was people making assumptions or based on actual knowledge.
It marks one of the first times a young person who could legitimately be referred to as a ‘movie star’, has let the public know they are gay, and it will be interesting to see what impact, if any, it has on her career (which is what many say is the main reason they stay in the closet).
Page will be seen this summer reprising her role as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past.