This morning, actor Elliot Page took to social media to share that he is trans.
“I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” he wrote. “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.”
The Canadian actor broke out in Hollywood by playing the titular role in 2007’s “Juno,” for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. Page has also been in “Whip It,” “Inception” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Most recently, Page has starred in the beloved Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy.”
What a thoughtful, generous note. I long for the day when “coming out” isn’t necessary because no one ever has to spend time “in” BUT until then, I appreciate people who share their journeys in order to light the path for the rest of us. https://t.co/ijlIswin5S
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) December 1, 2020
Page saw an outpouring of support on social media. Notably, LGBT organization GLAAD tweeted, “Elliot Page 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.”
GLAAD also published a tip sheet for journalists covering Page’s announcement. The guidance offers sound advice for anyone looking to be respectful of the trans community. It says to use transgender as adjective (not a noun), to not use their former pronouns or name (AKA their dead name) and to not speculate about medical procedures.
Though Page acknowledges his privilege, he admits to being scared. “I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering,” he wrote. “In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which are Black and Latinx trans women.”
This year, the United States has experienced its deadliest year on record since the Human Rights Campaign began tracking the violent deaths of transgender and non-conforming people in 2013. Just this past weekend, actress Laverne Cox was attacked in Griffith Park while on a walk with a friend. In his statement, Page notes the impact of hateful rhetoric and action by politicians: “You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community.”
Nevertheless, the response to Page from both his peers and followers is overwhelmingly positive. He closed with words of encouragement: “To all 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.”
Read the full statement below.
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020