Gaycation star Ellen Page made “the best decision” of her life two years ago when she came out during an event for the Human Rights Campaign. During an interview with Huffington Post, Page reflected on her journey and how it’s affected her career.
“I feel like a different person now that I’m out,” Page said. “I feel like my creative life is getting to blossom in this way because I’m actually getting to interact with it as the authentic person that I am. So I can make a show like this, or I can produce movies with LGBT characters.”
Page also talked about the relief she felt after coming out.
“It really wasn't until the moment that I did it and I was living even those days afterward where it was really like, 'Wow' like just thinking of the, maybe, the old things or the shame or all the feelings that at that point you might not even be necessarily as cognizant of, quite frankly. And just the feeling of such a massive shift and then it makes me think of all the people who, particularly young people, who come out and don't receive that support, [who] don't get a standing ovation and an outpour of love...get kicked out of their homes or hurt and, you know, we need to change that.”
In regards to the actual speech, Page further explained what she meant by “lying by omission” and how it doesn’t necessarily mean that every public figure has a responsibility to come out.
“Everyone is on their own journey or their own path and might even be navigating how they feel about their own identity," Page said. “All I can say is I wish I'd made the decision sooner. It's the best decision I've personally ever made, but everybody's sort of on their own path, I suppose."
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