Una Mullally

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Ellen Page comes out

The Oscar-nominated actress tells an LGBT rights audience she’s gay.

Sun, Feb 16, 2014, 11:32

   

If there’s any doubt that coming out in Hollywood is somewhere on the spectrum from hard to impossible, listen to the nervousness in Ellen Page’s voice as she addresses the┬áHuman Rights Campaign’s THRIVE conference, an event supporting LGBTQ youth.

In a fantastic speech, Page says that she is there because she is gay, and details the struggles that she and other LGBTQ people go through in dealing with their sexuality in a world – an an entertainment industry – that is often less than accommodating.

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Page broke through ‘Hard Candy’, before taking on the role of Kitty Pryde in the ‘X-Men’ franchise. It was Diablo Cody’s ‘Juno’ though that brought her mainstream acclaim, and she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. Two more box office successes followed, ‘Whip It’ and ‘Inception’. Perhaps her most unusual role is that of Jodie Holmes, in the acclaimed video game ‘Beyond: Two Souls’. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is released this year.

If you want to see how delighted lesbians are about Page being on the team, check out these sweet and funny comments on Autostraddle’s post on the news.

It’s pretty clear gay female actors still fear coming out publicly in the film industry. Remember, Jodie Foster only came out in a rambling speech last year. Michelle Rodriguez, currently making headlines with her relationship with Cara Delevingne, came out as bisexual towards the end of last year. Page’s bravery and intelligent remarks should be commended, and no doubt, she’s be a role model to countless young LBQ women who hear the speech.