Ellen Page, the well-known star of "Juno" and the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" gave an emotional and moving speech at Time to THRIVE, a conference supporting LGBTQ youth.
The actress announced to the Las Vegas audience Friday, "I'm here today because I'm 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."
Page said she felt she had been "lying by omission" by not coming out and revealing her true self. "I suffered for years because I was scared to be out," Page told the audience. She opened up about the pain she felt, starting with her entrance into the limelight after 2007's 'Juno' became a hit.
As soon as the news broke, many fans Tweeted in support of the 26-year-old star.
Ellen Page is tired of lying by omission. If you're gay, speak out. Be happy. We love you. http://t.co/zuQvNfIjuk- Danny O'Dwyer (@dannyodwyer) February 15, 2014
I'm one of a million who'll say it, but I'm very touched by Ellen Page's speech. What a way to do it. http://t.co/3SoF5czoAO- Jesse Thorn (@JesseThorn) February 15, 2014
According to The Wrap, Ellen Page appeared in a 'SNL' skit in 2008 that made many speculate whether or not the actress was a lesbian. The sketch shows Page returning home from a Melissa Etheridge, overwhelmed by the experience.
Page was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 'Juno' and has appeared in many more films since.