Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Ellen Page who won the hearts of moviegoers as the pregnant teenager in the film “Juno” has come out as gay.

Ellen Page visits the Young Hollywood Studio on October 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Young Hollywood/Getty Images)

Ellen Page visits the Young Hollywood Studio on October 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Young Hollywood/Getty Images)

“I’m here today because I am gay,” the 26-year-old actress said Friday — speaking to a Las Vegas conference of counselors who work with teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer, known as LGBTQ.

“I’m here today because I am gay.”
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A video of her speech was posted on the Los Angeles Times website.

Page says that she suffered for years because she was afraid to come out.

“I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”

The paper’s report says that at one point the audience rose to its feet in applause.

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