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Elliot Page to Release Memoir About Transness, Love, & Hollywood

Elliot Page

Actor and activist Elliot Page is writing a memoir, titled Pageboy, to be published next year.

“The memoir will delve into Page’s relationship with his body, his experiences as one of the most famous trans people in the world, and will cover mental health, assault, love, relationships, sex, and the cesspool that Hollywood can be,” says a news release from publisher Flatiron Books.

Page, 34, who is transmasculine, is known for such films as Juno, Inception, and the X-Men series, and currently stars in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.

He came out as trans in an Instagram post in December 2020, writing, “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.” 

He added, “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. … The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences.”

Page has been busy in both art and activism. He executive produced the Italian documentary Nel Mio Nome (In My Name), chronicling the journeys of four transgender men, which had its world premiere this month at the Berlin International Film Festival.

He joined in a friend-of-the-court brief recently filed to support the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit against Arkansas’s ban on gender-affirming care for minors. The ban is currently blocked as the suit proceeds. In the brief, Page opened up about how life-changing his top surgery was, saying, “I couldn’t believe the amount of energy I had, ideas, and how my imagination flourished, because the constant discomfort and pain around that aspect of my body was gone.”

Last year he appeared on the cover of Time, the first transmasculine person to do so. In his interview, he said he recognized his privilege as a wealthy white person but was determined to advocate on behalf of those with less privilege. “My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today,” he said, “and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can.”

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