She bared her soul before an audience of teachers and youth workers who spend their days trying to make a positive difference in the lives of young people who often feel so alienated that they resort to hiding or taking their own lives.
It is a brave thing to risk your career and the love of family and friends by being honest. But Ellen Page is not only brave. She is passionate and articulate and strong.
The world would be a wonderful place if it was the one she imagines possible.
And limitless potential.
And above all, LOVE.
While she was speaking primarily to an American audience, her words ring like alarm bells, here, in this lucky country. In Australia today young people (and older people too) are marginalised because of difference. Some are pilloried by churches who claim to love them, some are bullied in schools which purport to be safe places, some are rejected by families who cannot accept their child was born to be an individual outside the average. And ALL are victimised by a government which, while it is happy to take their taxes like every other citizen, will refuse them the same rights as other citizens, such as the right to marry.
It's Mardigras season here in Sydney.
Time to dust off the sequins and add some colour to our ordinary lives. And isn't that what we all crave? A life which is colourful and rich?
It's about time we told young people: those who are lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and intersex, that we are grateful for the colour they add to our lives. Grateful for the joy they bring. Grateful that they remind us of what community means, grateful that they have enough faith in us to change and become more open and honest and decent.
For decency is not about sex. It's about how we treat each other and whether we have respect for the rights of all, even the most disadvantaged.
So for all the young people who are struggling with who they are and how they are treated, I want you to know I stand with Ellen Page - you are not alone. Have hope that your life will be happy and that you will find people who love you just as you are. For you are worthy of love - just as you are.
And for the adults who forget what love can do and how good it makes us all feel, take a moment to look at this speech.
You can watch her speech for yourself on this link