University of Missouri football star, Michael Sam.

University of Missouri football star, Michael Sam. Photo: AP

Actress Ellen Page, star of Juno and Inception, announced that she is gay at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to THRIVE Conference in Las Vegas last Friday, February 14. Her speech was widely congratulated by Hollywood and inspired by a recent announcement from All-American defensive lineman, Michael Sam  and other public icons who have also found the courage to come out. Page called Sam a “hero.”

 

 

(Related: American Football Player Michael Sam Says, “I Am Gay“)

 

Page, 26, received a standing ovation during her speech. She described her decision to come out as a “personal obligation and a social responsibility” to help others in her position have a more hopeful time coming out and to be honest with themselves and their loved ones.

 

“I am tired of hiding, and I am tired of lying by omission,” Page confessed to the crowd of hundreds at the inaugural conference. The star went on to say that, “we deserve to experience love fully, without shame and without compromise.”

 

 

Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand

Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand. Photo: IGN.

The Academy Award nominated actress is best known for her performances in Juno (2007), Whip It (2009), and the X-Men movies as Kittie Pryde–a role which she will reprise in X-Men: Days of Future Pastslated to debut in May of this year.

 

 

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on Page’s announcement? Is “coming out” as intimidating as it once was for public icons? Let me know your thoughts here via the comments section below, or you can find me on Twitter @TiffaniJPurdy.