Originally Posted by ThunderStorm
See I think the story of a young gay boy or girl coming out to his/her family, friends, loved ones etc is much bigger of a deal rather than some famous person who is already secure and set coming out after the fact.
What you fail to understand is that Ellen Page's decision to come out is meant to inspire exactly what you're talking about.
A large reason why people won't be open about their sexuality is because of fear. They are too scared to face the reactions of other people. Sometimes that fear can be irrational or misguided, but there are many situations where their fears are justified. No one wants to be harassed, excluded, left out, etc. because they want to live in their own skin.
So when these young gay people see someone like Ellen Page, a person who's in the public eye and under constant scrutiny (as any celebrity is), say she's gay and receive a standing ovation in a packed auditorium it tells these young kids in hiding something. It shows them that there are people who support them, that if they'll never be welcomed where they are then there are plenty of other places where they will
So what Ellen Page is doing isn't throwing a big coming out party for herself. It's contributing to an environment where letting people know who you really are is met with support rather than hostility. When more people come out, being gay (or bi/trans/lesbian/and so on) will become more of a norm in society. When we can get to the day where a situation like Page coming out doesn't need to happen, it will be an achievement. For now, we need all the help we can get.
Ellen Page wasn't speaking to you when she made that speech. She was speaking to anyone out there who's scared about coming out. She knew that by hiding her sexuality it was implicitly encouraging the kind of behaviour that needs to be vanquished.