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In 2014, Academy Award nominee Ellen Page came out.

The Canadian actress gave a tearjerking eight-minute speech at Time to Thrive, a Human Rights Campaign conference for LGBTQ youth.

She told the crowd, "I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."


Since then, Page continues to shine on and off the screen, appearing at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 13, 2015.

While Page is no stranger to Hollywood glitz and glamour, the appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival was especially significant.

It marked the first time the actress appeared on the red carpet with her girlfriend, Samantha Thomas.

She shared her love for Thomas, telling E! News that "walking down the carpet holding my girlfriend's hand is pretty special."

Thomas and Page at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Page attended the festival for the premiere of her new film, "Freeheld," inspired by the real story of a lesbian couple.

Detective Lt. Laurel Hester served 25 years for the people of Ocean County, New Jersey. When she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she hoped to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner of six years, Stacie Andree. However, Ocean County's elected officials denied the request, and Hester ended up in the fight of her life, in more ways than one.

"It's so gratifying to be a part of this story." — Ellen Page

Hester and Andree's story was the subject of an Academy-Award-winning documentary short in 2008. The feature-length film, starring Julianne Moore as Hester and Page as Andree, premieres nationwide Oct. 2, 2015.

Page has been connected with the film for eight years (eight years!) and said she is thrilled to see it come to fruition.

“It does take a long time to finance a movie, let alone a movie that stars two women," Page told The Daily Beast. “But it's so gratifying to be a part of this story."

Page and Andree at the "Freeheld" premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

A long-time supporter of LGBTQ rights, Page serves as a proud voice for equality in Hollywood and beyond.

While filming her new television show, Page confronted Sen. Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair over religious freedom bills and LGBT rights.


And in a recent interview, she challenged the notion that straight actors should be considered brave for playing LGBTQ characters.

"When people are [called] brave in regards to playing LGBTQ people, that's borderline offensive," Page told Time. “I'm never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be."

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Way to go, Ellen.

From the silver screen to the state fair, you are changing minds and standing up for what's right. This, right here, is the role you were born to play.

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Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

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The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.