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"I'm here today because I am gay, and because maybe I can make a difference."
Actress Ellen Page came out as a lesbian during a speech at a Human Rights Campaign banquet on Valentine's Day. Ms. Page joins a growing list of celebrities who have come out as queer over the past year. The list includes swimmer Tom Daley, football player Michael Sam, and actress Raven-Symone. Ellen Page had been rumored to be lesbian for years, with articles from as far back as 2011 coming up when you type "Ellen Page Lesbian Rumors" into Google. For once, the rumors turned out to be true.
"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 said during her speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" event. "I have suffered and my relationships have suffered." She went on to say that all people "deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise."
Her full speech can be found on YouTube and is very emotional. After announcing her sexuality, Ellen Page was interrupted by a standing ovation that lasted almost a full minute. She was also very quickly given the support of multiple celebrities over Twitter, congratulating her on her courage to admit who she is.
However, not everyone was thrilled with Ms. Page's announcement. Actress Kristen Johnston tweeted: "I look forward to the day when someone's sexuality isn't newsworthy." When she was criticized for seeming to be against the support given to Ellen Page, she responded: "I'm not criticizing those who come out. I just wish it wasn't SUCH a big deal." She later poked fun at the entire incident. "You guys, I want to share something really private with you, something I've never shared publicly before... yep, I'm straight," Johnston tweeted.
While Johnston does have a point that a person's sexuality shouldn't be such a big deal, she also was being a bit too light with the situation. As long as people are discriminated against based on their sexuality, it is brave for them to come out. Johnston received a lot of tweets in response to her comments, and has since deleted her Twitter account.