Elliot Page has publicly come out as transgender and non-binary – meaning that their gender identity is neither man nor woman.
Page, who will now use the he/him and they/them pronouns, made the announcement in a heartfelt letter on social media.
“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. 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.”
“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.”
However, Elliot Page realises that coming out publicly will take them on another journey and acknowledged the challenges that come with it.
“I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is 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 the 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.”
Elliot Page remains hopeful and confident in their identity and will continue to be an advocate for the LGBTQ community. They are also an advocate for environmental issues. Soon after the news broke, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media, Nick Adams, sent his support to Page.
“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.”
After receiving an Academy Award nomination for Juno in 2007, Page went on to star in various films like X-Men, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Sony’s Flatliners reboot, and Whip It!
Prior to transition, Elliot Page was one of the most visibly out actors in Hollywood. The announcement further enriches their legacy, adding them to a small but growing number of out, transgender and non-binary actors in Hollywood.