Ellen Page comes out, says: 'I am gay' - watch her speech (Update)
Ellen Page has come out publicly as gay, saying that she is "tired of hiding," in comments made during an emotional and inspiring speech that spurred a standing ovation.
The 26-year-old Canadian actress, who received an Oscar nomination for her portral of a pregnant teen in the 2007 movie "Juno," made her comments on stage at the Human Rights Campaign's inaugural Time To THRIVE conference, which promotes "safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth," at Bally's Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 14 -- Valentine's Day.
UPDATE on Sunday, Feb. 16: Ellen Page said on her Twitter page: "Just wanted to take a moment to say how moved I am by all the support. I feel profoundly grateful right now. xxxx."
A video of her speech was posted on the organization's YouTube page. Check out a partial transcript and watch the video (Warning: Contains an expletive).
"I am here today because I am gay and because ..." she said, stopping as the audience clapped and gave her a standing ovation for 35 seconds.
"...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 also do it selfishly because I'm tired of hiding and I'm 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 that pain and I am young, yes, but what I have larned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy if it, 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."
"There are too many kids out there suffering from bullying, rejection or simply being mistreated because of who they are. Too many dropouts, too much abuse, too many homeless, too many sucides. You can change that and you are changing it. You never needed me to tell you that and that's why this was a little bit weird."
"The only thing I can really say is what I've been building up to for the past five minutes. Thank you. Thank for inspiring me. Thank you for giving me hope, and please keep changing the world for people like me."
The Human Rights Campaign group praised Page.
"HRC congratulates Page on her brave decision to live openly and authentically. Page's indomitable spirit sets a powerful example for LGBT and allied youth around the world. Coming out -- whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or allied -- is a deeply personal and arduous journey for every individual," the group said in a message posted on Tumblr. (Warning: Post contains an expletive).