Ellen Page is the latest celebrity to publicly admit that she is gay. In a Valentine's Day speech in support of the Human Rights Campaign, the Canadian actress—famous for her roles in Juno and Inception—claimed she was "tired of lying by omission."
"Loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves and I know many of you have struggled with this," said Page in a moving Time To Thrive speech. "And I am here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference to help others have an easier and more hopeful time."
According to an article in the Evening Standard, the 26-year-old's decision to go public about her sexuality was borne out of social responsibility, yet she also admitted that she came out for herself, because concealing her true feelings had compromised her mental health and her relationships.
Should celebrities insist on keeping their private lives private, a la Jodie Foster?
Or as Page asserts, does fame lend them a certain duty to act as role models for LGBQT youth?