Last night, actress Ellen Page got emotional talking about her coming out on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

"I feel so grateful for it. I feel so grateful to feel how I feel now, compared when I was a closeted person,” Page said. “It's not a nice place to be. I was sad. It is toxic and I wish that no one had to live that way.

Page made headlines after she came out at HRC’s Time to THRIVE conference in 2014.

"As a person I'm a very privileged…gay person and those who are affected the most in our community are the most vulnerable,” she continued. “And I feel so grateful to be able to talk about things or share stories and meet incredibly inspiring people or have connections with people who have been touched by me coming out."

This weekend, HRC will present HRC’s National Vanguard Award to Page for her courage and leadership at HRC’s 19th Annual National Dinner.  

“Ellen Page has been an inspiration for LGBT youth around the world,” HRC President Chad Griffin said. “Her willingness to speak her truth for all to hear, and to confront injustice against LGBT people, has made her a role model and there is no one more deserving of HRC’s National Vanguard Award."

Ahead of National Coming Out Day, Page’s interview is a reminder that coming out, whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, is a deeply personal journey for each individual and a powerful tool in the fight for LGBTQ equality.

Watch Page’s coming out video and learn more about coming out at HRC’s Coming Out Center.

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