On Valentine’s Day, Ellen Page made a brave move and decided to come out as a lesbian in front of thousands of people at the Time to THRIVE conference in Las Vegas. The conference is for LGBT youth is put on by the Human Rights Campaign.
The 26-year-old Canadian told the crowd that she was tired of lying out of omission and tired of hiding after they gave her announcement a standing ovation:
“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.”
During Page’s emotionally driven speech, she spoke about how it isn’t hard to respect and love each other and how if we just took the time to make an effort to be less horrible to one another, the world would be a better place.
“If we took just five minutes to recognize 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.”
Page’s speech immediately took the internet by storm. The video went viral and was immediately picked up by every news outlet known to man. Page did take a moment to tweet about the support she got from fans, family, and everyone (including her favorite wheelchair bound professor):
Thank you @HRC and everyone for all the love and support. X
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 15, 2014
Personally, I found Ellen’s speech to be extremely moving and true about our society and the media industry today. It’s honestly probably one of my favorite speeches that I have ever heard because it came with so much truth and conviction. It came from her soul and her heart, which isn’t usually found when it comes to speeches for conferences. Ellen also made a big move by coming out like that and I think it had more meaning behind than a statement given out by their team or a magazine interview. When people like Ellen or UK diver Tom Daley do it like that, it just seems more real and personal. I think when people release a statement or just do a magazine interview on it, it just doesn’t seem real or raw. You could see the emotion and impact it had to say “hey, I’m gay” in both Tom and Ellen’s eyes. You could see the relief and emotion in them after they said it. You just can’t get that feeling or impact from just a statement or a magazine interview. You can’t feel the raw emotion of coming out in a magazine interview.
Congratulations to Ellen Page for inspiring many people with that speech, and even probably saving the lives of some. Here is Ellen’s full speech:
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