Ellen Page may have come out to her family when she was 19 years old, but the petite actress took another 8 years before she was ready to go public. In a very strategic move on Valentine’s Day Page revealed she was gay in a speech with the HRC Foundation supporting the LGBTQ youth. “The more time went by, the more something just happened, an Oh my god—I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girlfriend’s hand,”Ellen confesses to Flare Magazine before making her announcement.
Page went on to say she thought she was thrilled to be gay, but deep down had reservations about people knowing. “You think you’re in a place where you’re all I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.”
An while Page expected more hate,”I expected so much more hate. It was just remarkably positive, which is beautiful, because it’s indicative of the change that’s happening,” she did have to deal with an awkward incident with a pastor who handed her a letter…she thought it was supportive…boy was it not. “It was the worst kind of homophobia because it wasn’t just ‘You deserve to burn in hell.’ It was ‘While God thinks it’s lovely that you stood up for your beliefs, perhaps you’ve never had the loving arms of a father.’” The missive was signed, “Your Heavenly Daddy.” She later took to Twitter to dismiss the pastor, “2 da Pastor who wrote me—Being gay isn’t a belief. My soul isn’t struggling & I don’t want arms of Heavenly Father around me. A girl’s arms? Yes.” Well said Ellen!
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