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Hands Down, the Single Best Quote of 2014

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After this year, some people should have their public speaking credentials revoked (e.g. Sarah Palin), while others left us wishing for permanent soapboxes. In a year of unrelenting marriage battles, transgender discrimination, and homophobia in sports, our brightest leaders represented us the best way they can — by being out and loud and eloquent.

There was one comment, though, that rose above the rest, and this speaker's words weren't delivered via Twitter or Facebook, but in person, in Las Vegas during a Human Rights Campaign event in front of an audience to which she became an example. The mighty message came from petite Ellen Page, who shook up the way celebs tend to come out of the closet these days. For starters, the actress acknowledged, "I'm tired of lying by omission." 

For her honesty about the effects of the closet, and the impact her words have had on other celebrities and regular folks, Ellen Page has our quote of the year. Her complete quote:

"I'm here because I’m gay. I am 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 relationships suffered. And I'm standing here today with all of you on the other side of that pain."

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