Actor Elliot Page, formerly Ellen Page, announces he’s transgender
“Hi friends i want to share with you that i am trans my pronouns are he / they and my name is elliot” the Juno and Umbrella Academy Star. “I feel lucky to write this. Be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.
Sharing “immense gratitude” for the support, especially from the transgender community, Page pledged to do her part to create “a more loving and equitable society.”
The 33-year-old continued: “I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, while I feel deeply happy right now and know how privileged I am, I am also scared. I’m afraid of intrusiveness, hatred, “jokes” and violence. “
“To be clear, I’m not trying to tone down a happy moment that I’m celebrating, but I want to address the big picture,” he wrote. “The statistics are staggering. Discrimination against trans people is widespread, insidious and cruel, with horrific consequences. In 2020 alone, it was reported that at least 40 transgender people were murdered, the majority of whom were black and Latin trans women. “
The page shared statistics by human rights campaign, which has tracked violent deaths against the transgender community since 2013. “We say at least because too often these stories go unreported – or misreported,” the website read, listing the names of recent victims. And according to the National Center for Transgender Equality, more than 25% of transgender people have experienced “stigma-based” assault, with higher rates for trans women and trans people of color.
The Oscar-nominated actor made his announcement 10 days later Transgender Day of Remembrance, which was November 20.
Page also appealed to politicians “who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and anyone with a massive platform who continues to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on the hands. You unleash a vile and demeaning wave of rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report having attempted suicide. Enough is enough.”
In August, a federal judge prevented the Trump administration pass a law that attempted to remove protections against discrimination “on the basis of sex” for transgender people.
In 2018, Page married his girlfriend Emma Porter, a dance teacher. “I can’t believe I get to call this amazing woman my wife,” he wrote on Instagram. Four years earlier, Page had turned gay during a speech at the It’s time to prosper conference, an annual event organized by the Human Rights Campaign to promote the safety and well-being of transgender people.
“I’m here today because I’m gay,” Page said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “And because maybe I can make a difference, help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Either way, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”
He added, “I’m tired of hiding and I’m tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was afraid to go out. My mind suffered, my sanity suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all this pain. “
On Tuesday, Page wrote in her post, “I love that I’m trans. And I love the fact that I’m weird. And the closer I stand and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I blossom.
He added: “To all trans people who face harassment, self-hatred, abuse and the threat of violence on a daily basis: I see you, I love you and I will do all I can to change this. world for the better. “
Watch: LGBTQ + community walks to Town Hall to raise awareness for Trans Day of Remembrance
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