Ellen Page  has joined the ranks of openly gay actors and actresses in Hollywood. The 26-year-old actress announced that she is a lesbian  at the Time to THIRVE conference in Las Vegas on Friday. "I'm here today because I am gay," Ellen said, "And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility." Rumors of the actress's sexual orientation have been swirling ever since she made her big-screen debut in 2007's critically acclaimed film Juno. Most recently, there were reports that she was dating her The East costar Alexander Skarsgard , which both actors denied .
Ellen is currently wrapping up work on her latest flick, X-Men: Days of Future Past, where she will play superhero Kitty Pryde.
Watch Ellen's coming out speech below.