Toronto Diary
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Academy Award nominee Ellen Page comes out as gay

Ellen Page, the Canadian-born, Oscar-nominated actress of such films as Juno and X-Men: Days of Future Past, has come out as gay.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Page came out of the closet in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive event, saying, “I’m here today because I am gay . . . and because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”

Page has been in something of a glass closet, as rumours have been circulating for years about her sexuality. Granted, those were based on the fact that she was a young, attractive, successful woman who didn’t have boyfriend, but . . . well, a broken clock is still right twice a day. Go figure.

Page also revealed the weight of being in the closet, saying, “I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. 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.”

Well, good for her for coming out, especially in a forum that encourages support for LGBT kids. Now, if you could also explain the ending to Inception, that would be great. Was Cobb’s totem really his ring? Was it all a dream or not? I’ve been confused for three and a half years now, Ellen.

UPDATE: Hey look, there’s a video! Yay!