Oscar-nominated star Elliot Page came out as transgender on December 1 on his social media posts that showed relief at sharing the news.
The Canadian-born actor wrote in the post, “I could not begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I love that I am Trans. And I love that I am queer.”
Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academy actor won swift praise across the film fraternity and beyond. The LGBTQIA+ charity GLAAD called him “remarkable” and “an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQIA+ people,” in a Tweet.
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020
“He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are. We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today,” the post read.
GLAAD shared a tip sheet for journalists covering Page’s statement, advising reporters to use ‘he/they’ pronouns when referring to him.
Despite these guidelines by the LGBTQIA+ charity, many renowned online publications are still referring to Page by his previous name Ellen and ignorantly using pronouns that he does not identify as.
Elliot also used the post to address the discrimination that Trans people face. He wrote, “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, and the ‘jokes’ and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering.”
The 33-year-old further said that he would do everything he can to change this world for the better.
Celebrating this momentous post, Netflix tweeted, “So proud of our superhero! We love you Elliot!”
So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can't wait to see you return in season 3! 🎻 🖤
— Netflix (@netflix) December 1, 2020
The post and Page’s move soon became a landmark as he is a top Hollywood actor, who is loved and appreciated by many for his contributions through his work.
“He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are,” said the group director of transgender media Nick Adams.
However, this is not the first step that the star has taken in embracing his true self. He first came out as gay in 2014 when he quickly became a flag bearer for Hollywood’s LGBTQIA+ community. Then he married choreographer Emma Portner in 2018 in another step towards living life his way.
Page joins an intimate group of prominent Hollywood transgender people like The Matrix series writer-directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Transparent creator Joey Soloway, and actor Laverne Cox. Here’s to hoping they can help bring more and more visibility to the trans community as they’ve been doing for years!
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