Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page, the star of Juno, Inception, and The Umbrella Academy, came out as tra-nsgender on Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed moment for the tr-ans community in Hollywood.
“I love that I am tra-ns. And I love that I am queer,” Page said in a statement on social media.
Page, the 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia, said his decision to come out as tra-ns, 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,” Page wrote. “I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the tr-ans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place.”
“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,” added Page, who said his pronouns are “he” and “they.” Page signed his statement with the words, “All my love, Elliot.”
The announcement was celebrated widely on social media by LGBTQ rights advocates and many in the film industry.Netflix, the maker of the comic book series The Umbrella Academy, said, “So proud of our superhero! We love you, Elliot!”
“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 Tra-nsgender Media. “He will now be an inspiration to countless tr-ans and non-binary people. All tra-nsgender people deserve the chance to be themselves and to be accepted for who we are.We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today.”
Page br-oke out in Jason Reitman’s 2007 film Juno in performance as a pregnant teenager that earned him an Academy Award nomination. The 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 dy!ng 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 da-mage on Bl-ack and First Nations communities in Nova Scotia.
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