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Actress Ellen Page came out as gay mid-February, 2014.

When Ellen Page came out last month at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference in Vegas some called her brave, while others pointed out it was hardly news – and certainly, by this day and age the Juno (2007) star’s homosexuality ought not to be a big deal.

But of course, not everyone would agree with that statement, and for one as-yet-unnamed religious pastor the newsflash that Page was a gay woman was too much for him to handle without commenting.

Upon receiving a message from the anti-gay pastor which the Hard Candy (2005) actress has so far opted not to reveal, the star – who will play the mutant Kitty Pryde in upcoming film, X-Men: Days of Future Past (anticipated 2014) – decided to respond in the most modern and public way possible: via a live feed comment that went viral after being spotted by her 884,000 Twitter followers.

The content of the pastor’s letter seems pretty clear. Page wrote in her response on the ‘EllenPage’ Twitter feed: “2 da Pastor who wrote me-Being gay isn’t a belief.My soul isnt struggling” (March 22nd). So far, so heart-breaking that in 2014 some people in the Western world are still having to justify their sexual orientation to others, and are still being forced to point out that it has nothing to do with whether or not they are a good person.

Yet then she dropped a note of pure hilarity: “I don’t want arms of Heavenly Father around me.A girls arms? Yes.” Score. So far the response has been retweeted nearly 10,000 times – and ‘favourited’ on Twitter many more, with several fans cheekily offering to provide said “girls arms”, too.

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Apparently Elsa was not “coming out” about her magical powers, but actually singing about being a lesbian.

The subject of gay rights has been a recurring theme this month, with Reformation Church pastor Kevin Swanson labelling instant Disney classic Frozen (2013) “evil” and “pro-homosexual” on top of promoting bestiality (um, riiight), the death of excommunicated Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps and an incredible counter-demo against his former church members during one of Lorde’s concerts in Kansas all making recent headlines.

After coming out in February, Page defiantly declared that she wasn’t going to hide her sexuality any more: “I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered”. As a well-known actress with the potential to inspire change, she felt it her “obligation” to come forward and out of the closet and she couldn’t have picked a more supportive stage.

Far from her soul “struggling” as the pastor seems to have alleged, Ellen can rest easy in the knowledge that she has made it just a little easier for others to be as open about this important part of their lives as they are comfortable with – and by responding to her vitriolic letter with a sense of humour, she has made the haters look just that little bit smaller, too.

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