Elliot Page comes out as transgender, love pours in on social media; Hugh Jackman, Mark Ruffalo laud brave actor
Asking for patience, the actor said he is happy, but also fragile.
Changing his social media handle to Elliot Page across platforms, the 33-year-old actor said that his pronouns will be he/they going forward. He also changed his Twitter bio to 'He/They'.
https://t.co/kwti60bZLw— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) 1606842630000
The actor from Canada's Nova Scotia province, who was formerly known as Ellen Page, 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.
"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," he wrote.
In what can be called as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood, Page added, "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".
In a statement on social media, Page requested for patience from his fans, and mentioned that his joy is real, but also fragile. He said he was scared despite being happy and privileged. He went on to describe the discrimination trans people face in their life. "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," the note read.
The announcement was celebrated widely on social media by LGBTQ+ rights advocates and many in the film industry.
Actor Hugh Jackman applauded Page's courage and authenticity, and casted his support.
I fully support @TheElliotPage. I applaud your courage and authenticity. Much love HJ.— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) 1606865994000
'The Avengers' star Mark Ruffalo congratulated Page for being open and candid. "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," he wrote.
@TheElliotPage Congratulation, Elliot, in committing to the full expression of your self and being so open and cand… https://t.co/okrkkU3npC— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) 1606876619000
@TheElliotPage So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can't wait to see you return in season 3!— Netflix (@netflix) 1606842694000
"Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people," said Nick Adams, GLAAD's Director of Transgender Media. "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."
.@TheElliotPage has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ peopl… https://t.co/Se5kDWtIUj— GLAAD (@glaad) 1606842762000
Page broke out in Jason Reitman's 2007 film "Juno" in a performance as a pregnant teenager that earned him an Academy Award nomination.
Page has frequently worked to bring the lives of LGBTQ characters to screen, including the 2015 film "Freeheld," which he produced and starred in as the partner of a dying New Jersey police detective who had been denied pension benefits.
Last year, he made his directorial debut with the documentary "There's Something in the Water," about environmental damage on Black and First Nations communities in Nova Scotia.
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