Juno actress Ellen Page has come out as gay.
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Speaking at a Las Vegas conference on Friday, 2007 Oscar nominee Ellen said that she was finally coming out after years of feeling too afraid to reveal her sexuality.
“I’m here today because I am gay and maybe I can make a difference,” 26-year-old Ellen told the audience, to rapturous applause.
“I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility,” she added. “I also do it selfishly, because I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission.”
“I suffered for years because I was scared to be out,” said an emotional Ellen. “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.”
Ellen’s announcement was met with scores of positive messages on Twitter.
“Mad mad mad mad mad mad crazy love and praise for @EllenPage today,” posted actress Anna Kendrick. “Congrats to you, you light, talent, and beauty.”
“Congrats my friend 😉 @EllenPage,” added actress Evan Rachel Wood.
Ellen and co-star Jennifer Garner at the Juno premiere in 2007
“Props to @EllenPage,” tweeted American actor Emile Hirsch. “For helping so many people through their daily struggles by courageously leading by example and coming out on V Day!”
Ellen rose to fame in 2007 when she starred as pregnant teenager Juno MacGuff alongside Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman.
The Canadian actress has since starred in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Inception and video game Beyond: Two Souls.
“I’m here today because I am gay,” the 26-year-old told a Las Vegas conference of counsellors who work with teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer, known as LGBTQ.
A video of her speech was posted on the Los Angeles Times website.
Ellen said she suffered for years because she was afraid to come out.
“I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain,” she said.
The paper’s report said that at one point the audience rose to its feet in applause.