02/14/2014 11:33 EST | Updated 04/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Canadian Actress Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: 'I'm Tired Of Hiding'

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: Actress Ellen Page attends a Film Independent At LACMA special screening of 'The East' at Bing Theatre At LACMA on May 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Canadian actress Ellen Page has come out as gay, saying she's "tired of lying by omission" and that she suffered for years because she hid her sexuality.

Page, 26, made the comments in Las Vegas at the Time to THRIVE conference, an LGBT youth event.

"I’m here today because I am gay," Page 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."

Page went on to say that "I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that"

Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy rights group that sponsored the event, later praised the Halifax-born actress "on her brave decision to live openly and authentically."

Page, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her role in Juno,  later tweeted "thank you @HRC and everyone for all the love and support. X."

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