Actress Ellen Page: “I am gay” – How Big Is Your Brave?

Ellen Page

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“I’m here today because I am gay. And because… maybe I can make a difference,” Page told a crowd at an event called Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote issues of the gay community. Please share.

“I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” Page told the crowd. “I suffered for years, because I was scared to be out.”

Up until now many of us have the life we were orchestrated to live. Not everyone but a few some how manage to awaken before they die to live. Not just on their terms but to live out the measurement of their creation. As a heterosexual male, I lived 50 years as a devout Mormon told that I was substandard because of my race. Why do I mention this? If Ms. Page can find the tremendous courage to live authentically what can you do as a leader, spouse or employee?

According to The Suda a 10th-century encyclopedia of Greek knowledge, “Know Thyself” “the proverb is applied to those whose boasts exceed what they are”, is a warning to pay no attention to the opinion of the multitude.  Watch her video below.


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