(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Elliot Page’s Official Instagram Account)
Canadian actor Elliot Page, who rose to fame as the lead character on the film Juno (2007, Jason Reitman), came out as transgender through a statement he released on his social media accounts. He said:
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.
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.”</blockquote>
Further, Page revealed his fears and he asked his fans for patience and understanding, saying that while his joy is real, it is also fragile. He explained, “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. 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 discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences.”
In his post, he also highlighted the plight of the transgender community particularly the epidemic of violence against the transgender people. Read his statement in full below:
Meanwhile, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media Nick Adams said on a Twitter post:
“Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people.” Adams added, “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.”
.@TheElliotPage 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. https://t.co/Ba7HOBgU5G pic.twitter.com/qFR1qG4H6q— GLAAD (@glaad) December 1, 2020
Page’s fans and colleagues on the other hand, took to social media to send their love and congratulatory messages. Take a look at some below:
just when i thought i couldn’t love @MarkRuffalo more, he goes and says something beautiful and uplifting and empowering to someone who is probably getting more than their fair share of shit heaped upon them today 💜— betha hurts like a MF (@psychobetha) December 2, 2020
Courage to go with talent and intelligence. I wish you much happiness and peace of mind, Elliot— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 2, 2020
Congratulations! I’m proud of you for standing up for your own happiness. No matter what the people say, loving yourself is the most important thing. Thank you for sharing this with us. And I can’t wait to see you soon on screen ❤️— fouassilde (@fouassilde) December 2, 2020
The 33-year-old star—who originally hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia—is an Academy Award nominee best-known for his works in the films Inception (2010), Tallulah (2016), The Last Stand (2006), Days of Future Past (2014), and in the ongoing Netflix series called The Umbrella Academy.
Page married New York dance teacher Emma Portner in 2018.