Ellen Page Credits Dan Savage with Helping Her Finally Come Out

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By Richard Horgan Comment

Only in Hollywood. Before Ellen Page revealed her true self, spectacularly this past Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas, she would have conversations about such a move with her publicist. And each time, per Seth Abramovitch’s Hollywood Reporter cover story, publicist Kelly Bush, a lesbian mom to two daughters, would argue the time was not yet right.

And if Page hadn’t caught a certain episode of a long-running TV talk show in her native land, she and Bush might still be having that same conversation. From the THR article:

Although no single incident led to her decision, Page does reference a Dan Savage appearance in July 2013 on the Canadian talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight as having had a profound effect on her. Savage, the in-your-face columnist behind the “It Gets Better” campaign, laid out his argument for coming out in very plain terms.

“He was like, ‘It’s a social responsibility and a moral imperative,’ ” recalls Page. “And I was like, ‘You’re right. You’re really intense — but you’re right.’ ” By early fall, her mind was made up. The next step was to call a meeting with her closest confidante, who also happens to be her main career strategist: manager-slash-bosom buddy Bush, who, as founder of ID Public Relations, is one of Hollywood’s shrewdest image-wranglers.

Tons more great stuff in the article, including details on how Page and Bush worked together to make sure the coming-out campaign steered the actress clear of “Today show I’m Gay story” territory. Read the rest here.