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  • Thank you, Chad, for those kind words

  • and for the even kinder work that you and the Human Rights Campaign foundation

  • do everyday on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people here and across America.

  • It is such an honor to be here at the inaugural Time To Thrive conference,

  • but it's a little weird too.

  • Here I am in this room

  • because of an organization whose work I deeply deeply admire.

  • And I'm surrounded by people who make it their life's work to make other people's lives better,

  • profoundly better.

  • Some of you teach young people.

  • Some of you help young people heal and find their voice.

  • Some of you listen.

  • Some of you take action.

  • Some of you are young people yourselves,

  • in which case it's even weirder for a young person like me to be speaking to you.

  • It's weird because

  • here I aman actress,

  • representing in at least some sense an industry that places crushing standards on all of us;

  • and not just young people.

  • Everyone.

  • Standards of beauty,

  • of a good life,

  • of success.

  • Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me.

  • You have ideas planted in your head,

  • thoughts that you never had before

  • that tell you how you have to act,

  • how you have to dress

  • and who you have to be.

  • And I have been trying to push back,

  • to be authentic and to follow my heart.

  • But it can be hard.

  • But that's why I'm here.

  • In this room,

  • all of you, all of us

  • can do so much more together than any one person can do alone.

  • And I hope that that thought bolsters you as much as it does me.

  • I hope that the workshops you go to over the next few days give you strength

  • because I can only imagine

  • that there are days when you've worked longer hours than your boss realizes or care about

  • just to help a kid who you know can make it.

  • Days when you feel completely alone,

  • undermined or hopeless.

  • And I know there are people in this room who go to school every day and get treated like shit for no reason.

  • Or you go home and you feel like you can't tell your parents the whole truth about yourself.

  • And beyond putting yourself in one box or another you worry about the future;

  • about college or work

  • or even your physical safety.

  • And trying to create that mental picture of your life,

  • of what on earth is going to happen to you

  • can crush you a little bit every day.

  • And it is toxic

  • and painful

  • and deeply unfair.

  • And sometimes it's the little insignificant stuff that can tear you down.

  • Now I try not to read gossip as a rule,

  • but the other day a website ran an article

  • with a picture of me wearing sweatpants on the way to the gym.

  • And the writer asked,

  • "Why does this petite beauty insist upon dressing as a massive man?"

  • Because I like to be comfortable.

  • There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity

  • that define how we're all supposed to act, dress and speak

  • and they serve no one.

  • Anyone who defies these so-called norms becomes worthy of comment and scrutiny.

  • And the LGBT community knows this all to well.

  • Yet there is courage all around us.

  • The football hero Michael Sam,

  • the actress Laverne Cox,

  • the musicians Tegan and Sara Quinn,

  • the family who supports their daughter or son who has come out.

  • And there is courage in this room.

  • All of you.

  • And I'm inspired to be in this room because every single one of you is here for the same reason

  • You're here because you've adopted as a core motivation

  • the simple fact that this world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.

  • If we took just five minutes to recognize each other's beauty instead of attacking each other for our differences.

  • That's not hard.

  • It's really an easier and better way to live.

  • And ultimately it saves lives.

  • Then again it can be the hardest thing.

  • Because loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves.

  • And I know many of you have struggled with this.

  • And I draw upon your strength and your support in ways that you will never know.

  • And I am here today because I am gay.

  • And because

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  • Thank you.

  • And because...

  • maybe I can make a difference

  • to help others have an easier and more hopeful time.

  • Regardless for me I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.

  • I also do it selfishly

  • because I'm tired of hiding

  • and I'm tired of lying by omission.

  • I suffered for years because I was scared to be out.

  • My spirit suffered,

  • my mental health suffered,

  • and my relationship suffered.

  • And I'm standing here today with all of you on the other side of that pain.

  • And I am young, yes.

  • But what I have learned is that love

  • the beauty of it,

  • the joy of it

  • and, yes, even the pain of it

  • is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being.

  • And we deserve to experience love fully,

  • equally,

  • without shame and without compromise.

  • There are too many kids out there suffering from bullying, rejection

  • or simply being mistreated for who they are.

  • Too many dropouts.

  • Too much abuse.

  • Too many homeless.

  • Too many suicides.

  • You can change that

  • and you are changing it.

  • But you never needed me to tell you that.

  • And that's why this was a little bit weird.

  • The only thing I can really say is what I have been building up to for the past five minutes

  • thank you.

  • Thank you for inspiring me.

  • Thank you for giving me hope.

  • And please keep changing the world for people like me.

  • Happy Valentine's Day. I love you.

Thank you, Chad, for those kind words

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