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Ellen Page joined Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday to discuss her recent coming out as lesbian at HRC’s Time to THRIVE conference in February.
“I am so proud of you for coming out, and I am so happy for you,” DeGeneres said.
Page described what the moment was like for her at the Time to THRIVE conference promoting safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth. She was flooded by messages of support for her decision to come out, receiving tweets from numerous celebrities sending congratulations. The video of her powerful speech was viewed more than a half-million times within the first 12 hours after being posted on HRC’s YouTube page.
She shared that she has become a happier person since deciding to live openly. “I was carrying a tremendous amount of shame and guilt for not being out, and felt isolated from the LGBT community, and now I don’t.”
Page went on to and thank DeGeneres for her coming out in 1997. “I’m grateful to have that moment, and grateful to you, because you did it in a time that was much harder and much scarier.”
“It’s so nice to have people come up to me and tell me their story, or say, ‘Hey, I’m closeted. Do you have advice?’” Page said. “Those are beautiful moments to share with people.”
Coming out -- whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or allied -- is a deeply personal journey for every individual. For more resources on coming out, visit HRC’s Coming Out Center.