“Juno” Actor Elliot Page Comes Out As Transgender In Heartfelt Statement
“To all trans people who deal with harassment and self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence everyday: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”
Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page came out as transgender on Tuesday in an emotional statement on social media.
“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” Page wrote in a statement shared on Twitter and Instagram. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.”
Page is best known for acting in films and TV shows, including Academy Award-winning movies “Juno” and “Inception” and more recently in Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy.”
Page said that despite “feeling profoundly happy” about coming out as trans, he’s also “scared.”
“I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of violence,” Page continued. “The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences.”
Page went on to say that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered this year, “the majority of which were Black or Latinx trans women.” According to data from the Human Rights Campaign, more transgender and gender non-conforming people have been killed in 2020 in the U.S. than previously recorded. HRC also noted that the violence against transgender people disproportionately affects Black trans women.
Page also called out political leaders who “criminalize trans health care” along with people with large platforms who “continue to spew hostility towards the trans community.”
“You have blood on your hands,” Page wrote. “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.”
Despite Page’s concerns about coming out, he said he’s “profoundly happy.”
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer,” Page continued. “To all trans people who deal with harassment and self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence everyday: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”