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Ellen Page discusses coming out on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

DeGeneres, who came out as a lesbian in 1997, compared the coming out process to "releasing shame."
By Veronica Linares   |   May 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) -- Ellen Page stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday to discuss her famous coming-out speech.

While speaking to host Ellen DeGeneres, the Juno actress explained she was "the most nervous [she'd] ever been in [her] life while delivering her coming-out speech at the Human Rights Campaign's first annual THRIVE conference in February.

"I think my biggest fear of doing it was even just having a panic attack, quite frankly," said Page.

"But I was just so ready to do it and quite frankly so excited to do it. So it was a combination of such thrill to finally be at that place in my life where I was able to do that and grateful to have that moment. And grateful to you because you did it in a time when it was much harder and much scarier."

DeGeneres, who came out as a lesbian in 1997, later compared the coming-out process to "releasing shame."

"It's toxic," Page continued. "We talked about this a bit. You think you're at a place where you're, like, 'Oh, I'm happy to be gay' ... and honestly, it wasn't until making that choice and doing that where I realized I was carrying a tremendous amount of shame and guilt for not being out. I felt isolated from the LGBT community and now I don't."

Page's interview with DeGeneres will air on May 27, but you can check out an excerpt below.

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