The Oscar-nominated star known for their roles in Juno and The Umbrella Academy has come out as transgender to friends and followers in the early morning of December 2, 2020.
Introducing themselves as Elliot Page, the actor expressed joy for finally realizing their full “authentic self” and gratitude to all those who’ve supported them along their journey.
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“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived in this place in my life,” they began on their post.
“I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self,” they wrote. “I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.”
However, Elliot also asked “for patience” as they shared their fear over possible backlash and discrimination.
“My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of violence,” they continued. “To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but to address the full picture.”
They then brought attention to the “rife, insidious and cruel” discrimination and violence that trans people face, especially Black and Latinx women. They vowed to actively speak up in the face of such attacks.
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive,” they added.
“To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better,” they ended.
Elliot previously came out as gay in 2014. They later married dancer Emma Portner in January 2018.
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