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Ellen Page Recalls Being ‘Outed’ By ‘X-Men’ Director Brett Ratner

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In an in-depth Facebook post, Ellen Page opened up about her traumatic past as a young, closeted professional actress in Hollywood.

Page, a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, recalls being outed by director Brett Ratner at the age of 18 during the early castings of X-Men: The Last Standing. 

“I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself,” she explained. “I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either.”

Ratner’s homophobic actions left Page in shame of her well-being and names it as “one of the most destructive results of homophobia” –  a moment forever and still is, engraved in her head.

As a public figure in the entertainment industry, Page now turns her past into an ongoing mission to help raise awareness on women’s rights, “particularly women of color, trans and queer women and indigenous women,” for a sense of healing to victims of such behavior.

“I want us to reflect on this endemic issue and how this power dynamic of abuse leads to an enormous amount of suffering. Violence against women is an epidemic in this country and around the world.”

“Women, particularly the most marginalized, are silenced, while powerful abusers can scream as loudly as they want, lie as much as they want and continue to profit through it all.”

Read Ellen Page’s full post below.


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