Elliot Page, the actor best known for his roles in Juno and The Umbrella Academy has come out as transgender in a post on Instagram.
The 33-year-old actor told his 3.2 million followers that his pronouns are ‘he/they’ and his name is Elliot.
In the post, he thanked his friends, family, and fans for their support.
“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,” the post read.
Elliot said that he is worried about the “invasiveness” and hate that might come from such an announcement, going on to cite statistics of violence against trans people.
“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,” he wrote.
Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media, said Elliot has long been an “outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people”, and said that the actor will “now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people.”
Page first became known for his role in the film and series Pit Pony (1997–2000), for which he won a Young Artist Award, and for recurring roles in Trailer Park Boys (2002) and ReGenesis (2004). Page also received recognition for his role in the film Hard Candy (2005) and won an Austin Film Critics Association’s Award.
Page had his cinematic breakthrough with the title role in Jason Reitman’s film Juno (2007), earning nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He also earned praise for roles in The Tracey Fragments (2007), Whip It (2009), Super (2010), Inception (2010), and Tallulah (2016).
Page has also portrayed Kitty Pryde in two X-Men films (2006, 2014), produced the film Freeheld (2015) in which he also starred, and made his directorial debut with the documentary There’s Something in the Water (2019). Since 2019, he has portrayed Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.
The actor received an outpouring of support on social media after making the announcement of being transgender, but the statement made about the dangers faced by the community is very true. The statistics cited in his post indicated that at least 40 transgender people in the United States have been murdered so far this year.