The indie film star formerly known as Ellen Page has come out as transgender, non-binary Elliot Page, the actor announced via Instagram Tuesday.
“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” he wrote. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.”
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Page—who started out as a child actor on Canada’s envelope-pushing sitcom Trailer Park Boys in 2001 before grabbing critics’ attention in 2005’s controversial Hard Candy and then earning an Oscar nomination for the teen pregnancy dramedy Juno in 2007—expressed his “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,” Page added. “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.”
Considering the violence and prejudice faced by the transgender community, Page asked his fans for patience. “My joy is real, but 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 am scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of violence.”
Addressing “the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist, Page pointed out that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered in 2020.
“To all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands,” he wrote. “You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being ‘canceled,’ you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks.”
Signing off on a positive note, Page told readers, “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.”
Page’s wife, Canadian dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, shared her partner’s happiness, but also asked supporters to let them take things in their own time.
“I am so proud of @elliotpage,” Pornter wrote. “Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”
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