The Canadian actress gave a tearjerking eight-minute speech at Time to Thrive, a Human Rights Campaign conference for LGBTQ youth.
She told the crowd, “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.”
While Page is no stranger to Hollywood glitz and glamour, the appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival was especially significant.
It marked the first time the actress appeared on the red carpet with her girlfriend, Samantha Thomas.
She shared her love for Thomas, telling E! News that “walking down the carpet holding my girlfriend’s hand is pretty special.”
While filming her new television show, Page confronted Sen. Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair over religious freedom bills and LGBT rights.
And in a recent interview, she challenged the notion that straight actors should be considered brave for playing LGBTQ characters.
“When people are [called] brave in regards to playing LGBTQ people, that’s borderline offensive,” Page told Time. I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be.”