Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page came out two years ago today at HRC’s first annual Time to THRIVE conference.

Since coming out, Page has frequently discussed the positive impact coming out has had on her life.  Whether it was with Seth Meyers or Ellen DeGeneres, on the cover of American Way Magazine or on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Page has emotionally shared her personal journey towards love and acceptance.

“And for me, honestly, being a closeted person hurt my career way more because I was sad. I was uninspired,” Page told Ellen DeGeneres. “And now I feel more excited about life and a sense of happiness that I’ve probably never felt.” 

Most recently, HRC presented HRC’s National Vanguard Award to Page for her courage and leadership.  

HRC thanks Page for her honesty and bravery, inspiring people everywhere to be their true selves.

Coming out - whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.

Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion -- from fear to euphoria. Coming out -- whether it is as LGBTQ or allied -- is a deeply personal journey for each individual. 

Learn more about coming out at HRC’s Coming Out Center

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