Yesterday night, Canadian actress Ellen Page came out as gay in a speech to the inaugural Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas.
"I’m here today because I am gay," Page said before the crowd of LGBT youth at the event, which was sponsored by the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. "I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.
"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. 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."
The 26-year-old Halifax native, who starred in Juno, Inception and X-Men, received a standing ovation for her remarks. You can watch the whole speech above, or read the text over at the Human Rights Campaign website.