2014 — just two months in, and already looking like one of the most monumental years in history for LGBT rights.
Celebrities who’ve come out so far this year: Actress Ellen Page, football player Michael Sam, model Cara Delevingne, actress & screenwriter Michelle Rodriguez, NBC anchor Robin Roberts, and Olympic diver Tom Daley just to name a few.
Start your weekend off right with these beautiful humans. The annual Out 100 list has been released! In honor of the list’s 20th anniversary, it’s also out with four different magazine covers: Sam Smith, Ellen Page, Samira Wiley and Zachary Quinto. As always, it’s an impressive list of icons, role models, and people I hope to one day be best friends with. Read the whole list over at Out.
The 26-year-old actress told the crowd “I’m here today because I am gay,” adding “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 was speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s THRIVE conference, an event supporting LGBTQ youth. Page spoke of the pressures of a life in the spotlight, and the toll that celebrity can take on one’s life.
“It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing – at least in some sense – an industry that places crushing standards on all of us,” the star of the upcoming movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” said. “Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Page expressed displeasure with gender stereotyping, and pointed to examples of “courage all around us,” including football player Michael Sam, “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox and musicians Tegan and Sara Quinn.
The Human Rights Campaign posted Page’s remarks online. Watch the amazing warm reception to her coming out at minute 5:20 in the video above posted by the Human Rights Campaign.
Page has previously advocated for women’s empowerment and lamented sexism in the entertainment industry.
day 21!! i feel bad for starting this and not realizing it was back to the future day, but still–i’ve been watching the game grumps play horrifying levels of mario maker, and i realized that cursed cas in the bunker with the chains is totally a chain chomp!! ╰( ･ ᗜ ･ )╯