Hollywood actress Ellen Page said Saturday that she's “very happy” since coming out lesbian last year.

Page, 28, was presented with the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) National Vanguard Award at its 19th annual National Dinner in Washington, D.C., which was headlined by Vice President Joe Biden. Seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney presented Page with the award.

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“I can proudly stand here tonight and tell you that since Valentine's Day of last year, I'm very, very happy,” said Page, who came out during a speech at an HRC-sponsored LGBT youth conference held on Valentine's Day. “And I finally feel that I am truly living my life.”

“There was a time when I thought it would be impossible to be out. And 18 months ago with the help of your love and support I shared my story. And everything changed for me. And I'm still feeling the effects of that moment today.”

“I acutely remember the pain I was in before I was out.”

She said that being out has allowed her to voice her love for girlfriend Samantha Thomas and that she understood that she was “standing on a lot of shoulders.”

Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the group earlier in the day.

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