Elliot Page, the Oscar-nominated star of Juno and Netflix’s the Umbrella Academy announced today he is transgender in a touching letter to fans. Elliot, formerly known as Ellen Page, posted the announcement on social media, writing,
Hi friends, 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. 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….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.
Page, whose other notable roles include Kitty Pryde in the X-Men series, Ariadne in Inception, and as Courtney Holmes in the Flatliners remake, uses he/him and they/them pronouns and describes himself as transgender and non-binary. GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media spoke of Page, saying,
Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. 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.
Elliot Page, who was one of the most visible gay actors in Hollywood, now joins a small but growing number of out trans creators and stars in Hollywood.
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