Ellen Page Comes Out: Inside Her Motivation And Her Audience's Reaction

"It was her idea," Michael Cole-Schwartz, director of communications for HRC tells PEOPLE. "She came to Time to THRIVE to do it in a place where youth-serving professionals were gathered, and a place where she could have the most direct and profound impact on LGBT young people." Mikki Cichocki, an educator who was among the 650 youth professionals in attendance, recalls the atmosphere in the room when Page made the announcement during her 8-minute speech. "It was exhilarating," she said. "You didn't know this was going to happen. You could see her sense of relief, like, 'I got it out. I said it out loud.' " Those gathered immediately responded with great warmth. "There (visit site) was this collective wave of teen mom tape emotion just supporting her, and a roar when she did actually say the words," says Cichocki. More http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20788185,00.html