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Ellen Page says being stuck in the closet was ‘toxic’

Joe Williams December 25, 2015

Ellen Page has opened up about her time in the closet saying “it is not a nice place to be.. it is toxic.”

“I feel so grateful to feel how I feel now compared to how I felt when I was a closeted person. I wish that no one had to live that way.”

The actress admitted that before being open about her sexual orientation she had been “sad” adding: “I wish that no one had to live that way.”

Page also gave her view on those who object to LGBT equality on “religious conviction”.

“Religious freedom is so, so important. But what’s unfortunate is that religious liberty has been used to justify discrimination.”

She went on to say that she believes the reason people are shocked or worried by the social acceptance of the LGBT community, is because people aren’t exposed enough to LGBT people.

The X-Men star added: “They haven’t had any interaction with LGBT people.”

Page appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show to discuss her upcoming film, Freeheld, based on a true story about a police officer’s fight to allow her pension benefits to be transferred to her same-sex domestic partner after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Page has become an LGBT activist since coming out and has recently called for more diverse storytelling on the big screen.

Watch the interview below:

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