Actress Ellen Page, who won the hearts of moviegoers as the pregnant teenager in the film Juno, has come out as gay.
“I’m here today because I am gay,” the 26-year-old star of Whip It and Inception said on Friday — speaking to a Las Vegas conference of counsellors who work with teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer, known as LGBTQ.
A video of her speech was posted on the Los Angeles Times website.
Page says that she suffered for years because she was afraid to come out.
“I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”
At her declaration, members of the audience rose as one to applaud the actress, who said she wanted to make a difference to the LGBTQ community.