Elliot Page, star of Juno and The Umbrella Academy, has announced today that he is transgender and his pronouns are he/they. The actor shared a heartfelt on social media about the love and support that enabled him to arrive at this point of his journey, as well as stressing the damage transphobia does.
“Hi friends,” he began the post, “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.”
Page first came out as queer back in 2014—you might remember shedding a few emotional tears at his announcement—and has been a long time LGBTQI+ advocate. While media representation alone isn’t something that can turn the tide of structural transphobia and exclusion that many transgender people face, it is a really incredible moment. An actor of Page’s tenure, who’s pretty much universally loved, announcing they’re transgender is a huge step in the way of visibility.
Fame doesn’t necessarily mean Page is removed from transphobia and violence though, and it’s a point he stresses heavily in his note. “I also ask for patience. 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. 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 full picture is a dark one, and Page highlights transphobic violence that’s permeated this year. “The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women.” Only this week, Orange Is The New Black and Disclosure star Laverne Cox spoke out about a transphobic attack she experienced in Los Angeles.
What is nice to see are the small interactions online that indicate maybe we are getting slightly better at accepting transgender people. Wholesome parts of Twitter have poured congratulations and thanks onto Page, Netflix has already amended his name in past credits and it seems media outlets are finally learning not to deadname people. You can read Page’s full statement below.
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