Ellen Page Comes Out at a Human Rights Campaign Conference

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In a heartfelt speech last night, actor Ellen Page announced that she is a lesbian. The actor, who turns 27 next week, delivered an address at a Human Rights Campaign conference in Las Vegas, in which she lent her support for the cause of civil liberties. The speech took on another dimension when Page made the issue of discrimination against the LGBT community very personal in revealing her struggle.

"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."

Pausing several times to collect herself, Page continued, adding that "And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."

As word spread, Page received some love from all corners of the country, including a message from Kate Mara, who was in the news herself as the second season of House of Cards premiered, spoiling the most Hallmark of Valentine's Day aspirations. 

In related news, yesterday Billie Jean King announced that she would attend the closing ceremony for the Sochi Olympics after initially declining the invitation. King, who came out in 1981 and will represent the United States, planned to stay home with her ailing mother, who passed away last week. 

Meanwhile in Nigeria, the Associated Press reported that mobs attacked alleged gay people in the capital city of Abuja earlier today. And yesterday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced his intention to sign the "Jail the Gays" bill into law yesterday. 

Here is the video of Page's remarks:



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