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Ellen Page comes out at LGBT youth conference

By Alicia Mayle,

Ellen Page came out at an LGBT youth conference in Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 14.

According to the New York Daily News, Page, 26, led the event by saying, "I’m here today because I am 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 also recognized celebrities who she felt had the courage to stand up for what they believe in. She cited football player Michael Sam, who announced he is gay this week, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox and Canadian musicians Tegan and Sara Quin.

The Juno star told the audience, "It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing - at least in some sense - an industry that places crushing standards on all of us. Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported on the news.

The event was hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. Page tweeted her thanks to the organization afterwards.

image: Wikimedia Commons

 
 

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