Ellen Page took the opportunity of receiving the Vanguard Award at the Human Rights Campaign dinner t0 rally support for LGBT rights.
Ellen, who won this award for being an “inspiration to millions”, had this to say: “Living an authentic life is not something we should have to fight for. I am standing on a lot of shoulders tonight and the view is great from where I stand.We all need to use our influence – whatever it may be – for others.”
Ellen then touched on how she has been “very, very happy” since coming out on Valentines Day last year, saying: “I have been able to experience a lot of things in the last year and a half. Having my arms wrapped around my girlfriend Samantha [Thomas] while we walk down the street, holding her hand on the red carpet, kissing her in the ocean while we surf – yes, she’s taught me to surf!”
You can watch her speech below.