Ellen Page comes out as gay in powerful speech to stand up to Hollywood stereotypes

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The Juno actress comes out at a Human Rights Conference, 'because maybe I can make a difference' and said she was 'tired of lying by omission.' If you do one thing today - watch it.

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Actress Ellen Page has come out as gay in an eloquent speech at a LGBT Human Rights Conference...and it was brilliant.

The Juno star spoke at the Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas and said she had become affected by the 'crushing standards' placed on her by the film industry.

'You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be,' she said. 'I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.'

She continued, 'This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another. If we took five minutes just took five minutes to recognise each other's beauty instead of attacking each other for our differences - that's not hard. It's really an easier and better way to live and ultimately, it saves lives.'

'Then again it can be the hardest thing because loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves,' she went on to say, 'I'm here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference.'

The 26-year-old received a standing ovation and has sparked an outpouring of admiration on Twitter.

We highly recommend watching her brilliant speech below and send our respect and support to Ellen - a true lady hero of the week.



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