Ellen Page blew us all away with her speech at the Human Rights Campaign's Time To THRIVE conference for LGBTQ youth in Las Vegas last night. The Inception and Juno actress received a standing ovation when revealed she was gay at the event. Her presentation was a coming out speech and much MUCH more.
'I am here today because i am gay,' she said. ' I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered. My mental health suffered. My relationships suffered. I’m standing here today with all of you on the other side of that pain.'
'I am young yes, but what I have learned is that love - the beauty of it the joy of it and even the pain of it - is an incredible gift to give and receive as a human being and we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.'
Ellen, 26, tackled masculine and feminine stereotyping, the influence of the media on those both watching it and involved in it and the bravery it takes to stand out from the crowd. She also asked the question - why are we also to horrible to each other?
'If we took just 5 minutes to recognise each other's beauty instead of attacking each other for a differences,' she said. 'It's not hard, it's an easier and better way to live - and ultimately it saves lives.'
Her speech was heartbreaking, awe-inspiring, beautiful and inspirational all at once. It both celebrated the great things being done for equality right now and considered where society can be improved. We insist you watch it.
Over on Twitter, everyone (other than the trolls) was celebrating and praising Ellen's decision to come out. Actress Anna Kendrick and singers Tegan and Sara expressed their love for Ellen.
'Mad mad mad mad mad mad crazy love and praise for @EllenPage today,' tweeted Anna. 'Congrats to you, you light, talent, and beauty.'
I highly recommend reading the tweets of support for a heartwarming Saturday afternoon treat.