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Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive Conference, on Friday, February, 14, 2014 in Las Vegas.
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Ellen Page, the Oscar-nominated star of Juno, has come out as gay.

At a Las Vegas conference Friday held by the Human Rights Campaign to support L.G.B.T. youth, Page told an audience straightforwardly, “I’m here today because I am gay.”

She received a standing ovation for her speech, in which she talked about wanting to serve as an example for other gay youth:

Page came out less than a week after Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football player and NFL prospect, announced he is gay. Sam would be the first openly gay player active in the football league if he is drafted.

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