The star of the recent Juno, X-Men, and The Umbrella Academy, Elliot Page, came out as transgender in a heartfelt Instagram post in which he spoke of the joy of coming into his authentic self but also the staggering violence perpetrated against trans bodies.
“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,” Page wrote on Instagram.
“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 the violence…” Page wrote. “The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone, it has reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women.”
Page then called out political leaders who continue to spew hatred against and create unsafe spaces for trans people.
“Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people,” GLAAD Director of Transgender Media Nick Adams said. “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.”
In 2014, Page came out as gay at an LGBTQ+ youth conference when it was still relatively rare for A-listers to come out.
Read Page’s full statement below.