Ellen Page Comes Out as Gay

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On Friday, Ellen Page spoke at Time To Thrive, a conference focused on the welfare of LGBTQ youth. During her speech, Page came out as gay. Unsurprisingly, the announcement was met with an applause break and a standing ovation. True to form, Page responded with a relieved "whoo!" before continuing her already epic speech, endearing herself to us forever. Ok, hold on a second there is something in my eye. It's probably just a piece of my heart. Wait, what are all these emoji doing here? Someone help!

Here's what Page said:

"I'm here today because I am gay," Page, 26, told the audience "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," Page proudly and defiantly declared. "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."


Damn! You did it, Ellen Page! Thanks for being such an awesome human being!

You can watch the video of Page's speech below. The announcement happens about five minutes in. Tears may occur shortly after.

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I haven't been able to watch the video yet, but how do people feel about her saying "I am gay" and all the news outlets saying "Ellen Page is a lesbian"? A lot of my friends are very specific as to the wording of their sexuality, and prefer gay to lesbian, and I feel a little weird about the wording switch in so many outlets.