Oscar-Nominated ‘Juno’ Star Elliot Page Comes Out As Transgender
Dec 01, 2020 by apost team
Elliot Page, the academy-award nominated actor, best known for his roles in Juno and, more recently, Netflix's Umbrella Academy, has come out today as transgender.
Elliot Page, 33, made the announcement on his Instagram page on December 1.
"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 at this place in my life."
The actor credited other queer and transgender people with inspiring him to come out publicly.
"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. 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," Page wrote.
Page writes about his new-found freedom since he began living his truth as trans while lending his solidarity to others who might be suffering abuse as a result of their own gender identity.
"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. To all the 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," he continued.
With his coming out, Page shared he is now going by the gender pronouns he/him as well as they/them, meaning he identifies as both a transgender and non-binary. In other words, the actor identifies as neither female nor male.Theo Wargo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Page first broke out into Hollywood in 2005 with his role in Hard Candy, but it was his lead role in Juno — a coming-of-age film that follows a high-school student as she deals with an unplanned pregnancy — that shot him to mainstream fame. The following year, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for his role. Since then, the actor has taken up numerous high-profile jobs, including roles in the X-Men franchise, Inception, Flatliners, and The Umbrella Academy. He has also dabbed into producing with the films Tallulah and Freeheld and directed his first film, There's Something in the Water, a documentary about how people of color suffer from environmental injustice.
In his post, the 33-year-old urges his followers to be patient with him as he slowly goes through his transition. "My joy is real, but it is also fragile," Page admitted, explaining that his journey has brought on a roller-coaster of emotions:
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"The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also so scared. I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the "jokes" and of violence. 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."
Page had already been a loud voice for the LGBTQIA+ community, coming out as gay on Valentine's Day of 2014, at the age of 26, saying he was "tired of hiding." According to CBC, the revelation was made during a speech he gave for the Time to THRIVE conference by the Human Right Campaign.
"I'm here today because I am gay," Page said. "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."
Nick Adams, who is the director of GLAAD's Transgender Media Program, took to Twitter shortly after Page's announcement to praise the actor for his courage
"[Elliot Page] has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him. All trans people deserve to be accepted."
He now joins a modest yet growing number of transgender celebrities who operate in the public eye, including renowned actress Laverne Cox, retired Olympic medalist Kaitlyn Jenner, directing duo The Wachowski Sisters, and actor Chaz Bono.
We applaud Page for coming out and speaking his truth. Make sure you pass on this fantastic news to your friends and family!