‘Finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self’: Elliot Page comes out as transgender

New Delhi: Elliot Page, who was earlier known as Ellen Page, came out as transgender on Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated actor, who is known for his brilliant performances in Juno, The Umbrella Academy and Inception, shared the information via an Instagram post. 

Page had come out as gay in 2014, quickly becoming a flagbearer for Hollywood’s LGBTQ community. He married his long-term girlfriend and dancer Emma Portner in 2018.

While announcing the news of being trans, the 33-year-old actor changed his name to Elliot Page on various platforms. He also said that his pronouns will be he/they going forward. He also changed his Twitter bio to ‘He/They.’

Nova Scotia actor, who garnered extreme popularity as Vanya in the Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy”, said that his decision to come out as trans, which also involved changing his first name, came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community.

After his announcement, the fans of The Umbrella Academy question the future of the critically acclaimed Netflix show with some suggesting Netflix may cancel its third season. 

However, Netflix, the maker of the comic book series The Umbrella Academy, backed Elliot’s decision and wrote, “So proud of our superhero! We love you, Elliot!”

The Inception star posted a message on their Instagram account, writing, “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.” Elliot continued, “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. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity, and for 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.” 

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He continued with the message, “I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile,” Elliot 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. 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 towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands.”

The star continued: “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.” 

“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. A. 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 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,” He added.

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