Ellen Page came out today while attending the HRC Foundation's Time to Thrive Conference. The actress is scheduled to star alongside Julianne Moore and Zach Galifianakis in the feature adaptation of the Oscar winning documentary Freeheld about the deathbed plea of Lieutenant Laurel Hester, a 23-year veteran of the Ocean County, NJ police force who asked that her pension benefits be extended to her partner Stacie Andree.
"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… 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.”
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