Ellen Page, the star of hit indie dramedy Juno, came out as gay on Friday at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to THRIVE conference in Las Vegas

Page, 26, began her 8-minute talk by speaking about the pressure the entertainment industry puts on individuals to be or not be a certain way. She then admitted to the crowd of roughly 600 school administrators and teachers that she’s long been hiding the fact that she’s gay.

“I’m here today because I am gay, and because maybe I can make a difference,” Page told the group. “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.”

“I suffered for years because I was scared to be out,” Page continued. “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 all that pain.”

After coming out at the HRC event, Page tweeted her thanks to the organization and all of her fans and followers.

– Chelsea Regan

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