“Loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves”

In this eloquent speech, the actress Ellen Page comes out as a gay woman at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference. Furthermore, she discusses the notion of ‘standards’ in Hollywood that are narrow and crushing. Her comments about the ‘pervasive stereotypes of masculinity and femininity’ are also acute and insightful.

“Maybe I can make a difference to help others have an easier and more hopeful time… I also do it selfishly because I’m tired of hiding and I’m tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered. My mental health suffered. My relationships suffered. I’m standing here today with all of you on the other side of that pain.”

I could quote the whole thing. Beautiful.

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