Well, it looks like Ellen Page really was NOT banging Alexander Skarsgard after all. Huh. On Friday, Ellen attended the Time to THRIVE conference (which supports LGBT youths), and during her emotional speech, she came out. I guess this is breaking news, although many people did assume/know about her sexuality before now. Here’s the video of the speech – I don’t know why the sound quality is so crappy, but you’ll probably have to turn up the volume:
Ellen, 27, says, in part:
“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…. I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. 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. It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing — at least in some sense — an industry that places crushing standards on all of us. Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me. You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.”
She also talks about gender stereotypes and how she understands that she’s a part of an industry that perpetuated those stereotypes and standards of beauty. She gives a shout-out to Michael Sam, the college football star who came out last week.
I’m happy for Ellen and I’m glad she finally publicly confirmed her sexuality. Not that it’s any of my business, but at least now we can stop trying to fix her up with Skarsgard.
PS… Incidentally, I’m super-excited because my state has become one of the new post-DOMA states to kind of/sort of legalize gay marriage. A federal judge threw out Virginia’s long-standing gay marriage “ban” following the precedence of last year’s Supreme Court rulings overturning DOMA and California’s Prop 8. HUZZAH! Ellen should come and get married in Virginia. Virginia is for [same-sex] lovers.
Photos courtesy of WENN.