So it was no surprise that the actress used her acceptance speech for the 2015 Vanguard Award at the HRC's National Dinner on Saturday (Oct. 3) to talk about the successes of LGBT rights activists past and present, and to point to the work that still needs to be done to reach "true equality."
She began by letting us know that she has been very, very happy over the past year and a half.
Aware of the powerful position she's in as a successful actress, Page went on to shed light on the importance of using your privilege to help others. She said that the right to living an "authentic life" is just that -- a right -- and also cited victories like the marriage equality ruling as an example of the kind of things the "truly brave" LGBT activists have been able to accomplish.
But, she adds, through her work traveling with Vice for her new show "Gaycation," where she spoke with "brave and inspiring" LGBT individuals from around the world, she has become "even more aware of her privilege" and learned how important it is to use that privilege to elevate the voices of "the most vulnerable" people in LGBT communities.
"When the life expectancy of transgender women of color in this country is 35 and 40% of homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, we still have so much work to do," she said. "We are still far from true equality when in 31 states LGBT people can be fired or denied housing strictly because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. No longer should a child grow up feeling they have to hide who they are and suffer the consequences that come with shame."
But Page said she still has hope for the future despite the "catastrophic ripple effects" of intolerance.
"Because as it has been proven in 2015: love wins. I feel honored to share the responsibility of being a visible person for the community... Still today, when people come out of the closet, they are making a huge impact on creating a more accepting and compassionate world -- because the moment someone who does not fully understand our love, or who we are, realizes that their daughter or son is gay or a teacher they love is transgender or an athlete they love is bisexual, they will hopefully begin to understand ..."
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