Actress Ellen Page says that before
coming out she felt guilty and awkward around gay people.
The 27-year-old Page announced she's
gay on Valentine's Day during a speech delivered at Time to THRIVE,
an LGBT youth conference hosted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
and held at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I was very nervous. I was very
nervous, yes. Yes. Very, very nervous. Yes. I was emotional,
deeply, deeply emotional,” she
told glossy Flare
about coming out.
“I think I still felt scared about
people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for
not being myself.”
She explained that she “expected so
much more hate.”
But response was “remarkably
positive, which is beautiful, because it's indicative of the change
Page added that she was advised to keep
her sexuality private.
“But I don't see other actresses
going to great lengths to hide their heterosexuality. That's an
unfair double standard,” she said.