The transgender community across the world, to this day is subject to incredible amount of discrimination and hardships. Given their vulnerable state in society, it is an extremely powerful moment when a celebrity identifies with them or speaks in their support.
The Oscar-nominated star of Juno has done precisely that, coming out as transgender and introducing himself as Elliot Page on Tuesday through social media posts.
Formerly known as Ellen Page, the 33-year-old star stated that this moment has come after a long journey. He thanked the trans community for helping him on his journey to “finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self”.
In a heartfelt statement shared on his social media handles, the Canadian-born actor expressed his fears of being trolled. “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.”
Page also made a timely and sharp political appeal and said, “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. 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 ‘cancelled,’ you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won't be silent in the face of your attacks.”
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 2, 2020
Love and congratulatory messages poured in from fellow Hollywood stars, former co-stars and even members of the LGBTQ community. Page is among a minority of celebs to come out publicly, and this is a landmark moment for the community. Actor Hugh Jackman said he “applauded his courage and authenticity.”
I fully support @TheElliotPage. I applaud your courage and authenticity. Much love HJ.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) December 1, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres, a hero for the queer community, sent her love to Elliot and stated, “You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.”
Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 1, 2020
“Congratulation, Elliot, in committing to the full expression of your self and being so open and candid about it. You have made this world a more tolerant and loving place with your commitment, courage, and vulnerability. We are lucky to have public figures like you,” said actor Mark Ruffalo.
Congratulation, Elliot, in committing to the full expression of your self and being so open and candid about it. You have made this world a more tolerant and loving place with your commitment, courage, and vulnerability. We are lucky to have public figures like you.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 2, 2020
The LGBTQ charity GLAAD called Page “an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people.” “He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people,” said the group’s director of transgender media Nick Adams. “All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are.”
.@TheElliotPage 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. All trans people deserve to be accepted. https://t.co/Ba7HOBgU5G pic.twitter.com/qFR1qG4H6q
— GLAAD (@glaad) December 1, 2020
Elliot Page received lots of love and support from across the world. One hopes his public announcement will open more doors for the trans community.