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Ellen Page Comes Out as Gay - Watch Her Speech Here! (Video)

Ellen Page Comes Out as Gay - Watch Her Speech Here! (Video)

Ellen Page has bravely announced that she is gay, according to THR!

“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,” the 26-year-old actress shared during a Time to THRIVE conference.

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She added, “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.”

“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. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard,” Ellen added. Watch her speech below!

Ellen Page Comes Out Gay in Speech

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  • AJ

    Wow. Some of you are soo callous. If you took a minute to actually watch the video. You would see that YES, IT IS BRAVE to do what she just did. This was something she was clearly struggling with for years and yes, maybe to some of us… we already “knew” or that it seemed “obvious”. But im sensing from the trembling in her voice (from giving this speech) it was not an easy road for her. She felt that lying and avoiding it was the best way to deal with it rather then just admit what was obvious because of the stereotypes she was presenting. It takes alot of courage to admit something like that to the world (let alone your close friends and family) and to say ‘hey this who i am’. And since shes a public figure, who kows this might make a difference to other people who might feel like they cant handle being themselves. This is something that influences your life a great deal and if some of you ignorant idiots cant understand that. Then dont bother commenting.

  • Janire

    That shouldn’t be a news nowadays but good for her

  • CarenKH

    @Barrack Obama: That would be true if no kid was bullied for their sexual preferences or gender identification, if no one was fired for being gay, if gay couples could live anywhere without fear, could legally marry if they so choose, if gay people weren’t still shunned & attacked. We are not at that day, yet. It’s encouraging that you live wherever you are not aware of that, and think this is a non-issue; but it very much still is for many, many people. She is brave for publicly coming out. Ellen DeGeneres & Rosie helped pave the way, for sure, but it is still a risky, brave thing to do.

  • ellenellen

    here’s the full video and wow it’s shocking !!

  • Liessy

    right on!!

  • Dannii

    @Allissa: Sure it’s not as if kids still commit suicide because they’re bullied because of it. Not as if people aren’t killed anymore … It’s not as if people still need encouragement and an example to look up to …

  • Ugonna Wosu

    proud of her! Though I’m so in awe of her talent I couldn’t care less!

  • honor

    it doesn’t matter if it was “obvious”, it’s not easy for any human to come out and be honest with who they are since there are still many societies within the U.S. that are filled with intolerance. she needed to be honest cause there’s a lot of discrimination in Hollywood when giving roles to people that are gay, that’s why she kept it to herself for so long. she knows it’s better to finally feel relaxed instead of keeping it to herself just so she can get casted in more movies. gays can play straight roles just as much as straight actors are allowed to play gay characters so easily. Ellen is a talented actress and I hope to see her career transcend. at the end of the day, love is love and people shouldn’t be discriminated because of who they love at the end of the day, sorry not sorry. so proud of you Ellen!

  • @Drake

    Or totes true ;)

  • JimBo

    Another case of Look at Me– I’m Soooo… Great. Now put me in more movies.

  • Lisa

    Ellen is so B E A U T I F U L.

  • Polly

    @Barrack Obama: I am sick and tired of having the gay issue shoved down our throats, day in, day out. There are much bigger issues, like the abuse of children that aren’t getting enough attention.

  • Ami

    Ellen you could only be yourself. So proud of you :)

  • john

    no shit. i’d be surprised if she said she was straight

  • rio

    good for her, specially powerful the part about standind on the otehr side of all that pain and fear, lovely

  • niagirl

    @pointless : Look trick, you can plainly see I didn’t write a name. Get it straght. I was waiting on you. Thanks trick.

  • Paul

    @Barrack Obama:
    unfortunately it’s still very important that famous people come out to support the little girl, the little boy at home who think that they’re alone in this world. If you would educate yourself you would know about the horrible things that are going on in Russia and India ;) people are still killed for being gay so YES it’s still BRAVE when people come out ;)

  • v

    Now that she’s coming out of closet, what happened to Alex Skarsgard and other guys that’s been rumored having fauxmance with her? Must be embarassing to be outed as desperate guys whose craving for PR much or closeted gay too makes it double bearding.

  • tweety

    All Ellens are lesbs.

  • scallywag

    The question some of us might be wondering along with the actress is will Hollywood punish her for coming out or will it just shrug its shoulders and pretend none of that stuff never mattered in the first place, not that Ellen Page was ever made to feel that way…

  • Not shocked

    “ ..Honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out.”

    Gay Actor Rupert Everett

  • amrogers

    this is so ridiculous. why do celebrities and sports figures feel the need to “come out”? Should heterosexuals hold a conference to declare that they are straight? Why does it matter? I have a brother who is also gay, but I am so over this. Your sexual orientation does not define you, so why broadcast it?

  • So over it

    Is it just me, or is the ‘coming out’ thing just getting old?? Who cares?! Move in people, it’s 2014….

  • Dvf

    @Not shocked: ska regard has taken his advice

  • Dvf

    @Dvf: skarsgard -iPad fart

  • Seriously who cares?

    Sodom And Gommorah.

  • ju

    Alex s if he is gay would come or at least as bi. No doubt in my mind

    I’m in the middle on this debate. Hollywood is the best place to be gay and sexism ageism are more discriminatory than outing oneself. Page wasn’t even mainstream. She’ll have same roles lol. As she should. Seriously
    I don’t mind speeches but wish the first reveal is done more privately and then do speeches and be activist to your hearts content.

  • ju

    When will Gyllenhaal come out? Lol the women must make careers of their beard money

  • Richard B

    I look forward to the day where nobody will applaud when someone is doing a coming out. This will be a sign that attitudes have finally evolved. When is the last time a straight was applauded because he publicly admitted that he was one of them?


    I absolutely love to eat vegetables; cooked up and served in any way. But my sister hates eating vegetables. And why is that? Well, I have a better attitude about life’s simple pleasures than she does. Mind over matter, etc. Ergo, neurotic bias and sexism fears are a hard thing to overcome for many people.

  • Brazilian Girl

    What is wrong with you people?! Disgusting…
    YES, SHE IS BRAVE. Or do you think that being gay is seen as a “cool” thing anywhere in the world. More like the opposite.

  • Cate

    Bravo Ellen! This can’t have been easy but I hope her speech helps others :)


    No.81 at 5:00 from Brazil. Yes. Being gay is not cool. Funny and odd maybe, but definitely not cool.

  • Do It

    Because homophobia and gay unacceptance is still extraordinarily common and strong.

  • Josh

    I love her to death. She’s one of my favorite actresses and Juno is one of my favorite movies. Everything I’ve seen her in I’ve enjoyed. Smart People is another one of my favorites and The East was great too. I thought she’s deserved an Oscar on more than one occasion. This announcement makes me love her even more. I don’t think it was a publicity stunt. Coming out is something that is very hard to do, and you can even tell that by when she said it. I guess she was just ready or reached her boiling point and couldn’t hold it in anymore. I hope her career goes up and she gets everything she deserves. Great girl. Great actress. Great person.

  • Sarah

    Wow, someone else has come out as gay?!?! I am so totally shocked! No wait, I’m not. It is considered cool to be gay now everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.

  • Seriously who cares?

    @Richard B:

    No one throws a party and acts like you won a gold medal for awesomeness and COURAGE and heroics because you like to screw someone of a different gender. Gays are the equivalent right now of kids that get a trophy for showing up tot he soccer game, NOT winning, just breathing.

    I look forward tot he day gays get zero response, not a parade and front page of Time magazine. Sheesh, it’s so old.

  • Jamie

    I totally respect Ellen Page for coming out.

    For all the people who think this is not a story or that it is cool to be gay, ya sure, IF you live in a big city on the coasts. I am a lesbian in the midwest and deal with homophobia daily. I don’t want to cry about it, but rather, say it is a part of my reality. I really wish straight people would stop telling gay people who we are… if you’re straight, you just DON’T KNOW and sound really stupid. I spent 20 years of my life paralyzed with guilt and fear over my sexuality and only came out when I was finally in a safe place to do so. It’s so much more than who you want to sleep with and what you do in bed. The things people think they can say to me when they find out (or just assume) that I am gay are often crass, immature, and disgusting.

    If I am on a date with a beautiful woman, I don’t want some dude trying to push me into being macho because he thinks I am too weak to defend myself or who I am with. I get guys who want to challenge me, saying things like, “You think you’re so tough, huh, you think you’re a man?!” and I have had to physically defend myself against men twice my size.

    You never know when dumb stuff like this will happen. I’ve ridden my bike down the street having people throw crap out of their cars at me, calling me “faggot,” more often than “dyke.” I have become VERY good at learning how to diffuse situations on the spur… because when you are an androgynous woman, men start liking to push you around and I don’t want violence. I want to get from point A to point B or enjoy a nice night.

    If you’re straight, don’t tell me that you don’t think I was born that way or ask what made me gay. If you ask, I will tell you the truth, but I will also think you’re very ignorant. It’s not a “lifestyle,” and I don’t want attention… I just want the freedom to be me, every day, and not have to go in and out of the closet all the time as a compromise for safety. I don’t care if you think I’m going to hell. I was raised Christian and had to think about this A LOT longer than you ever have. Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you lack morals. I have plenty of them that I will just show through my example and any judgment you want to cast on me will only highlight your own hypocrisy.

    Yup. You can have your stupid opinions, whether they be racist, sexist, homophobic, or whatever ignorance you love to espouse. And SURE, it’s called free speech… but it’s always my own free speech to tell you to stop feeling so high and mighty and start learning to adapt to change.

    I’m so sorry that you can’t handle humans actually trying to expand their narrow little minds so that for once, maybe, in the somewhat distant future, LOVE, RESPECT, and KINDNESS will be the highest laws of the land and how we choose to approach strangers.

  • Seriously who cares?


    No one deserves to be threatened with violence. Men that think they are owed anything by a woman for any reason is a brute.

  • Ali

    Amazing speech very proud i fully support the LGBT community and everyone should be heard and they have the right to. And people who discriminate against this group just need to get a grip and get a life because they are not harming you in any way so leave them be and live your life just like they are living there’s! Happy and content!

  • Poopie

    Disgusting! How come straight people dont get awards for being straight?

  • Jamie

    Sure, no one deserves it but it happens too often to ignore. Point being, there is still plenty of discrimination against lgbt people. It’s not just about gay marriage, it’s about survival. I had enough resources growing up to not feel very suicidal (though I was depressed), and at the time (late 80′s, early 90′s) I had no role models or any idea that life wasn’t going to totally suck for me forever. When famous people come out, it raises visibility and helps those who are struggling with being gay realize that it’s still possible to live a happy, successful life.
    Sure, this has changed a lot in the past decades and I probably would be able to be out if I was in high school now. But there is a long way to go.

    Of course, people are multidimensional and it gets tiring to let any part of your identity define you. I don’t want to walk around as gay Jamie all day long (and the extent that I am capable of blending into straight culture is a MAJOR difference from race and gender discrimination, for instance; no “closet”). But sometimes it’s important to stand up because otherwise most people just assume you’re straight and miss out on the fact that you may be an awesome person who also happens to be gay.

  • HB

    Lots of people are saying that it’s not brave to come out as gay in 2014, and that no one gives a shit whether people are gay and straight. You think gay people don’t get abuse in 2014? You think gay people are not bullied, beaten or killed today? You think all parents happily accept their gay kids? You think everyone Ellen encounters from now on will be fine with her being gay? Open your eyes, ignoramuses.

  • Holly

    @Barrack Obama: For someone who models themselves after Obama you’re not particularly sensitive or empathetic! Just because it’s more accepted for people to be Gay in today’s society doesn’t mean that coming out still isn’t brave! People still suffer abuse every day, people are still being harassed every day, people are still so ashamed that they’re self harming, or even committing suicide just because they are gay! When all of that stops then maybe you can judge whether or not people are brave for coming out! Until then stop being part of the problem! I think Ellen Page is very brave and inspirational. And to all those who think it’s a publicity stunt, or are saying ‘it’s no surprise’ you need to watch the speech again. It brought tears to my eyes! Well done her!

  • Hayden

    I love her so much T-T this gives me so much hope

  • Liz

    i’m very happy for her, and I know how hard it must have been for her to finally come out and say it. That being said, I look forward to the day where this isn’t news anymore and everyone can just find love with whomever they wish.

  • Arrow 12

    This confirms to me Skarsgard is totally gay.

  • Noooo

    @Arrow 12:

    I really hope he is not.. but it does scream that now she has come out.

    I wish there was not this stigma about the whole gay thing in HW. So many of them are gay that its a mute point.
    They take the lie beyond the career and try to portray private lives as hetro, its pointless, many could not care either way, but loads of people would respect and appreciate the honesty.

    Good on Ellen, I only hope others old and young in HW can be as true to themselves as she has been.

  • Lindsey

    I think it’s stupid people have to admit being gay, but unfortunately it is still relevant!
    This past week Uganda past a law that sends gays to prison for life. If you help a gay person you get 7 years. There are many more countries like this.

    Even in countries where gays are protected there is still discrimination.

    As long as one gay person is being persecuted than we all have an obligation to speak out and send positive signals to the world.

    Discrimination is not to be tolerated.