“Excuse me. I am a sacred vessel, alright? All you’ve got in your stomach is Taco Bell.” This is one of the Ellen Page’s more popular quotes from the movie Juno. And just as she states that she’s a sacred vessel, she has now released some sacred information to the public…she’s gay.
The actress was very classy when she informed us at the Human Rights Campaign called Time to THRIVE this past Friday (Feb 14th) in Las Vegas that she’s not interested in men.
Ellen didn’t soften the news whatsoever. In fact, she came right out and said “I’m here today because I am gay, and because maybe I can make a difference…I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility. I also do it selfishly, because I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission.”
It sounds like Ellen herself has had quite a troubling time dealing with her sexuality. It’s not that she’s ever denied being gay, yet she had never before came out and told us that she was. Her speech, which can be watched here, lasted for more than eight minutes. Both during and after she was given standing ovations by the more than 600 people in attendance.
Ellen wanted to make it very clear that hiding one’s sexuality is not a wise step to take. She said, “I suffered for years because I was afraid to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today with all of you on the other side of that pain.” Ellen doesn’t want people to suffer like she did. She wants everyone to be comfortable with their sexuality, and it is her hope that society can be accept all people for the way they are, regardless of their sexual preferences.
She apparently got the support she was seeking because she tweeted after the Time to THRIVE event “Thank You @HRC and everyone for all the love and support. X.”
The speech given by Ellen is definitely worth watching. Even if you aren’t gay, it has a certain level of emotion in it that allows you to see into the lives of many gay people via Ellen’s single perspective.
Ellen Page attended an event hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and told the public that she is gay. It is her hope that she can convince others to come out so that they don’t suffer like she did.