X-Men, Inception star Elliot Page comes out as transgender&
The Oscar-nominated star of Juno has come out as transgender, introducing himself as Elliot Page on Tuesday in social media posts that voiced pleasure at sharing the information — but in addition concern over a attainable backlash.
In a landmark transfer for a prime Hollywood actor, the performer previously referred to as Ellen Page thanked supporters within the trans neighborhood for serving to him on his journey to “finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer,” wrote the Canadian-born Page, who has just lately starred in Netflix superhero sequence The Umbrella Academy.
His assertion figuring out as trans gained swift reward throughout Hollywood and past, with LGBTQ charity GLAAD calling Page “remarkable” and “an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people.”
“He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people,” stated the group’s director of transgender media Nick Adams. “All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are.”
Netflix tweeted: “So proud of our superhero! We love you Elliot!”
Page, 33, burst onto the Hollywood scene with an Oscar-nominated position as a pregnant teenager in 2007 sleeper hit Juno.
The actor additionally appeared within the 2010 science fiction hit Inception reverse Leonardo DiCaprio, and the 2012 Woody Allen comedy To Rome with Love.
Page got here out as homosexual in 2014, rapidly develop into a flagbearer for Hollywood’s LGBTQ neighborhood, and married dancer Emma Portner in 2018.
While largely absent from big-budget Hollywood blockbusters since 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Page has repeatedly shrugged off strategies of being typecast or shunned by Tinseltown.
Page joins a small group of distinguished Hollywood transgender figures, alongside The Matrix sequence writer-directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Transparent creator Joey Soloway and actor Laverne Cox.
– ‘I’m scared’ –
On Monday, Cox described being the sufferer of a current transphobic assault in Los Angeles, underlining the hostility dealing with many transgender people within the leisure business and past.
“The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now… I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of violence,” wrote Page.
Page additionally railed towards politicians who “criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist,” in addition to influential public figures who use “a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community.”
“You have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community,” added Page, noting excessive charges of tried suicide among the many neighborhood.
Alphonso David, president of LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, thanked Page for “sharing your truth with us, and for shining a bright light on the challenges too many in our community face.”
Although Page didn’t identify any particular people, President Donald Trump’s administration has tried to roll again Obama-era anti-discrimination protections for transgender folks within the well being care system, and likewise banned transgender Americans from serving within the army.
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been on the middle of a firestorm in recent times over feedback deemed insulting to transgender folks.
Rowling sparked controversy in June for tweeting about using the phrase “people who menstruate” as a substitute of girls — prompting some former followers and activists to name for a boycott of her works.
“You aren’t being ‘cancelled,’ you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks,” wrote Page, addressing transphobia basically.
GLAAD offered a “tip sheet” for journalists protecting Page’s assertion, advising reporters to “use he/they pronouns when referring to Elliot Page.”