Actor Elliot Page Announces He Is Now Transgender

actor elliot page announces he is now transgender

Elliot Page, the Oscar-nominated actor popular for roles in Juno and The Umbrella Academy, reveals he's transgender.

Page, formerly Ellen Page, announced his new name and pronouns on social media.

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In a heartfelt letter, he wrote:

"Hi friends, 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."

Page continued:

"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."

actor elliot page announces he is now transgender
actor elliot page announces he is now transgender

Page also used the announcement to highlight the violence directed toward Black and Latinx transgender people and the high rates of suicide in the trans community.

He also criticized political leaders who have worked to deny trans people access to necessary health care.

The actor said:

"I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it's 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 statistics are staggering. The discrimination toward trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences."

actor elliot page announces he is now transgender
actor elliot page announces he is now transgender

Page also said he'll not let anyone silence him in the fight for trans rights.

He concluded:

"I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer."

"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."

Following his announcement, Page has received an outpouring of support from fans and LGBTQ advocacy groups.

Nick Adams, GLAAD's Director of Transgender Representation, said in a statement:

"Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people.

"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."

Also celebrating the news are Page's entertainment peers.

They include comedian Kumail Nanjiani, singer Miley Cyrus, actress Ruby Rose, playwright Jeremy O. Harris, and trailblazing trans actress Jen Richards.

Page's wife, Canadian dancer Emma Portner, also rallied behind her partner.

Taking to Instagram, she said:

"I am so proud of @elliotpage. 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."

Page received international acclaim after starring as a pregnant teen in the 2007 film Juno.

He currently stars in the hit Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy, where he plays as Vanya.

Other Pages credits include The Tracey Fragments, Whip It, Super, Inception, and Tallulah. He has also portrayed Kitty Pryde in two X-Men films.