The star of Juno has come out as a transgender man and has revealed his name is Elliot Page.
The 33-year-old Inception and Umbrella Academy star took to Twitter with an in-depth and heartfelt message to fans announcing the news.
“Hi friends,” he wrote. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Page rose to fame off the back of his titular role in teen pregnancy film Juno, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
He went on to star in X-Men, Inception and currently Umbrella Academy.
Elliot addresses ‘fear’ and ‘discrimination’ against transgender community
In his lengthy letter to fans, he went on to explain despite his excitement at coming out, he was ‘scared’ of the ‘invasiveness, the hate, the “jokes’, and of violence’ that come along with being transgender.
“My joy is real but it is also fragile,” he wrote.
He added: “‘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.”
He added a pointed message to politicians, who he slammed as having ‘blood on their hands’.
“To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans healthcare 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,” he 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 “cancelled,” 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. 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.”
The message has been met with an outpouring of support from fans on all the actor’s platforms.
Employer Netflix wrote: “So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can't wait to see you return in season 3!”
“So proud and so much love for you,” one fan wrote.
“I love you so much,” another wrote.
“I’m so so happy to feel the freedom in you,” another celebrated. “Incredibly proud.”
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