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Actress Ellen Page speaks about the decision to live as openly gay on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
Ellen Page, who won the hearts of moviegoers as the pregnant teenager in the 2007 film "Juno," has come out as gay.
The 26-year-old told a Las Vegas audience Friday, "I'm here today because I am gay." You can see a video of her speech above. She was speaking to the Human Rights Campaign's Time to THRIVE conference, a gathering of counselors who work with teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer.
Page says she suffered for years because she was afraid to come out. She told the audience, "I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."
She cited others who she said had shown courage in coming out, including top football prospect Michael Sam, Laverne Cox from "Orange Is the New Black" and girl indie pop group Tegan and Sara.
Page received an Oscar nomination for her performance in "Juno." She also had major roles in "X-Men: The Last Stand" in 2006 and "Inception" in 2010.
A number celebrities tweeted their support and Page was trending on Twitter.
Read a full transcript of her remarks below, provided by the Human Rights Campaign: