Actress Ellen Page is opening up about her decision to come out in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference, nearly three months ago.
The "Juno" star the cover subject of Flare magazine’s June 2014 issue and in an interview, goes into detail about revealing to the world that she is gay.
"The more time went by, the more something just happened, and Oh my God -- I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girlfriend’s hand," Page, 27, told the publication.
She went on to say:
I was very nervous. I was very nervous, yes. Yes. Very, very nervous. Yes. I was emotional, deeply, deeply emotional. You think you’re in a place where you’re all I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.
Page said she expected to be hit with "so much more hate" after the announcement but admitted the response has been "remarkably positive."
But there have been some haters.
Page took to Twitter last month to call out a pastor who apparently had a problem with her sexuality, and allegedly sent her a message on Twitter, telling her just that. The actress didn’t post the message but tweeted a response to the pastor to her nearly 90,000 Twitter followers.
"2 da Pastor who wrote me-Being gay isn’t a belief.My soul isnt struggling& I don’t want arms of Heavenly Father around me.A girls arms? Yes," she wrote last month.
In the Flare interview, Page talks about the message, calling it "the worst kind of homophobia."
"It wasn’t just ’You deserve to burn in hell.’ It was ’While God thinks it’s lovely that you stood up for your beliefs, perhaps you’ve never had the loving arms of a father,’" she said.
Watch Page’s coming out speech below:
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