Thursday, June 5th 2014
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When I remark that she seemed nervous that night, Page smiles her trademark half-smile and acquiesces with a laugh, a sigh and some rat-a-tat repetition. “I was very nervous. I was very nervous, yes. Yes. Very, very nervous. Yes. I was emotional, deeply, deeply emotional.” Though she told her parents she liked-liked girls when she was 19, she was still coming out to herself eight years on. “You think you’re in a place where you’re all I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.”
With a quiver in her voice and wearing a T-shirt proclaiming “All Love Is Equal,” she stood in front of a crowded Las Vegas room at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s inaugural Time to Thrive conference and uttered the words every adolescent lesbian who’s ever watched (and rewatched) the roller derby flick Whip It dreams of hearing: “I am here today because I’m gay.” She went on to say that she was “tired of lying by omission.” It was the eight-minute speech pinged around the blogosphere, and one that Page and her manager planned meticulously in collaboration with the HRC Foundation. Page wanted her announcement to be aligned with a cause, ideally one having to do with LGBTQ youth (promoting the safety, inclusion and well-being of queer teens is an HRC Foundation priority). And she wanted it to happen soon: “The more time went by, the more something just happened, an Oh my god—I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girlfriend’s hand.”
How was the experience of returning to Hobbiton with your friend Billy Boyd?
”It’s been at least 10 years, maybe 11 or 12 years, since Billy and I were both back in New Zealand together? We’ve been there individually but not at the same time.
It was great, because we were able to go to Mata Mata, where the Shire is, so Bag End, the Green Dragon where the hobbits drink, so what we were able to do was sneak into the Green Dragon and not tell the tourists we were there, and then we opened the Green Dragon to the tourists. And then when they went inside, we opened the pub up and they asked “What are you doing here?” and Billy replied back “we stay here when we’re not working! We’ve rooms above the pub.” And I mean, there were a few people who were quite emotional about it, it was great, we served them all ginger beer and served the adults ale.”