Ellen Page is best known for her brilliant performance as pregnant teen, Juno and is still today, classed as one of the world’s most talented actresses. Only a couple of weeks ago, all eyes were on her for a different reason as she gave a beautiful and highly passionate speech at a conference hosted by the Human Rights Campaign.
She stood on the stage and with a deep breath, she opened her heart: “I am here today because I am gay.” In that moment there was an array of silence but then the swelling of sound filled the room. Sounds of happiness, cheerfulness and understanding. She was being applauded. She was being applauded for being a lesbian. What kind of world do we live in for it to take a heartwarming speech like Ellen’s to get the point across that being a lesbian isn’t wrong? Her voice continued, “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. I also do it selfishly because I’m tired of hiding, and I’m tired of lying by omission. 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.”
Being interested in other sexuality isn’t wrong. It isn’t disgusting and nor should it be regarded as so, but will Ellen’s speech be a turning point for homosexuals worldwide? More recently there has been an array of celebrities opening up about their individual sexuality, highlighting to the world who they truly are with the hope the bridge will carry on building and Robyn Exton, chair executive of lesbian dating app Dattch agreed saying she hopes her speech will encourage more girls to feel they can stand up for who they truly are to the point “where being gay is no longer news.”
…It was great Ellen was so brave to stand up and come out…
She then went on to say that “It was great Ellen was so brave to stand up and come out, especially in the Hollywood industry,” she says. “When Jodie Foster came out, she didn’t really come out. With Cara Delevingne, we all know she’s seeing a girl (US actress Michelle Rodriguez) but nothing’s really been confirmed, whereas Ellen made it very clear. She is young, and relatable to a lot of young girls and that’s very important.”
Ellen, clearly very emotional, told the crowd her feelings towards teenage homosexuality and that ”loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves.” It is interesting to hear opinions on sexuality, especially in the 21st Century where, as a nation, we seem to be more open-minded and less restricted. So why is it that people still feel so lonely when it comes to homosexuality? We live in a world that doesn’t bat an eyelid to women shopping in their pajamas with hair curlers in their hair, and a world in which teenagers nominate others to drink as much as possible to post online. So why is it still such an issue for people to get by enjoying their own personal relationships with whoever they want to enjoy them with?
…being you is way more important than being a you that is scared of being true…
The reason is this… We still live in a homophobic world, okay, granted, not as much as we once did but if we still live in a world where homophobia still exists, which unfortunately, we still do, then Ellen’s “coming out” should be news and it should always be news because it will continue to give hope to those that are still scared of “coming out of the closet.”
What I do hope for though is that Ellen’s words of wisdom will hit teenagers and children worldwide with the knowledge that being you is way more important than being a you that is scared of being true.