Ellen Page comes out as gay

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 15, 2014, 14:35 PM IST

los Angeles:`Juno` star Juno` star Ellen Page has come out as a gay woman..

The 26-year-old actress announced the news in a moving and personal speech delivered at a conference held at Las Vegas to promote the welfare of LGBT youth, said a leading daily.

"I`m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility," Page said to the audience.

"I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I`m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain," she added.

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Page worked in Canadian television before starring in 2005 revenge-thriller `Hard Candy`. She rose to fame with 2007`s `Juno`.

She also played Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat, in 2006`s `X-Men: The Last Stand`.
Page will be next seen in drama `Freeheld`, starring opposite Julianne Moore as a gay couple.