"I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,"
the 26-year-old actress said in a speech that drew roaring
support from an audience at the Time to Thrive conference
sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign.
"I'm here today because I am gay. And because ... maybe I can
make a difference," she said. "To help others have an easier and
more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal
obligation and a social responsibility."
Page, who in 2007 played a pregnant teen in "Juno," has also
starred in "Inception", "To Rome with Love" and "X-Men: The Last
Page is also working on "Freeheld," a drama about a terminally
ill police detective fighting to assign her retirement benefits
to a lesbian lover.
Page said in her speech that she suffered for years because she
was scared to be public about her sexuality.
"My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my
relationships suffered," she said. "And I'm standing here today,
with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."
The Human Rights Campaign, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender advocacy group that posted her speech on its
website, congratulated Page for completing the "deeply personal
and arduous journey" of coming out.
Page in her speech also praised others who have taken similar
steps, such as athlete Michael Sam, who announced he was gay
this month and could become the National Football League's first
openly homosexual player.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in
Seattle; editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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