Ellen Page comes out at human rights convention

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Ellen Page is gay.

The actress came out this Valentine’s Day at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference.

Before now, Page has generally stayed out of the tabloids, with her only recent written love interest being a rumored relationship with Alexander Skarsgård, which is kind of creepy because he’s 11 years older than her. The actress achieved stardom in 2007 as the title character in Juno, a film for which she won several Best Actress awards, including Teen Choice and Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Her next film is X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will come out May 23, and she is slated to make her directorial debut with Miss Stevens, currently in development.

Page said she was tired of being in the closet and tired of contritely contributing to an industry that reinforces stereotypes.

“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’m tired of hiding and I’m tired of lying by omission.”

In coming out, Page displayed tremendous courage against a country that still only allows gay marriage in 15 of its 50 states and a world that awards Olympics to countries that ban gay propaganda and murder dogs. Reelentropy applauds Page for her bravery, and wishes that her action of simply admitting a core part of her personality was something she didn’t need to be frightened to do.

“Happy Valentine’s Day,” she said. “I love you.”

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