Juno and Inception actress Ellen Page started a small firestorm on the internet with her coming out speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time To Thrive” conference. If you’re anything like me you noticed the comments and reactions (good, bad and indifferent) about another young star coming out and probably continued to scroll through your timeline. Not out of apathy but mainly because the people that opine about other people’s lives on twitter aren’t usually the type to engage in intellectual, open-minded and mature conversation, but that’s a topic for another day. That said, after hearing about it, I was proud but not in a rush to find out the details surrounding her recent coming out. That is, until I saw this video.
In the footage below, Ellen Page speaks to HRC Time To Thrive attendees about trends within our current society such as ease and frequency with which we tear each other down and the cycles of low self esteem caused by those negative people who act out of displeasure with their own self-esteem issues. Time To Thrive is a campaign focused on safety, inclusion and the well-being of LGBTQ youth so this was, if nothing else, a very pertinent conversation to be had at the hands of a young starlet. During her speech Ellen was honest, visibly nervous and emotionally stripped down in a way we’ve never seen before. So much so, that even knowing what the big announcement is, you still get caught up in the enormity of everything that she’s saying. Definitely a positive and uplifting way to start your week off.