Introducing Elliot Page. The Oscar-nominated star, who is formally known as Ellen Page, just came out as transgender and non-binary. He shared the news via social media on Tuesday, December 1, expressing “overwhelming gratitude” for those who have supported him.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
But the actor admitted that he was also “scared” because the “discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel.”
“I also ask for patience,” he continued. “My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I am scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the “jokes” and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences.”
He added, “In 2020 alone, it has been reported that at least 40 transgender have been murdered, the majority of which are Black and Latinx trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with 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, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being ‘canceled,’ you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks.”
View this post on Instagram
“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 concluded his statement.
Who Is Elliot Page?
For whose who don’t know, Page is most known for his roles in Umbrella Academy and Juno. But he also starred in Tales of the City, Flatliners, The Cured, My Days of Mercy, Window Horses, Into the Forest, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Smart People, To Rome With Love, Inception, An American Crime, Hard Candy, Trailer Park Boys, Pit Pony and more. Currently, he’s gearing up to star in two new movies, called Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin and Robodog. But that’s not all. Page also directed and produced the documentary There’s Something in the Water in 2019. He married dancer and choreographer Emma Portner in January 2018.
How Have His Costars And Celebrity Friends Reacted?
So many of Page’s celebrity friends and Umbrella Academy costars have sent him support. For example, Justin Min tweeted, “Welcome to the fam, Elliot.”
welcome to the fam, elliot. ♥️ https://t.co/ElqkV1NjIh— Justin H. Min (@justinhmin) December 1, 2020
Marin Ireland wrote “I love you, Elliot,” while David Castaneda commented, “Yes,” with some star emojis.
I love you Elliot. https://t.co/H1A9BW1fPP— Marin Ireland (@MarinIreland) December 1, 2020
🌟 yes 🌟 https://t.co/wbnBn1d1ye— David Castañeda (@DavidCastanedaJ) December 1, 2020
“Elliot, I’m so proud of you, and even prouder to call you family. All the love,” Tom Hopper gushed on Instagram. Musicians Tegan and Sara commended Page on his “strength, bravery and activism.” They wrote, “Profound love and admiration for you @TheElliotPage! Your strength, bravery and activism — not to mention all the art you contribute to this Earth — is truly special. Thank you for being so open about your journey and for fighting so hard to make the world a better place.”
Profound love and admiration for you @TheElliotPage !! Your strength, bravery and activism - not to mention all the art you contribute to this earth - is truly special. Thank you for being so open about your journey and for fighting so hard to make the world a better place. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/2WLs0eT49v— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 1, 2020
Plus, Ellen DeGeneres said she was “inspired” of the star.
Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 1, 2020
Kat Dennings, Natasha Lyonne, Dan Levy, Jazz Jennings, Todrick Hall, Jameela Jamil, Sophia Bush, Anna Paquin, Miley Cyrus, Ruby Rose, James Charles, Michael Urie and tons more celebrities also reached out to Page with sweet messages. His wife, Portner, reposted his message to Instagram and added that Page was a “gift to this world.”
Will Elliot Page Continue To Play Vanya Hargreeves In ‘Umbrella Academy?’
As fans know, Umbrella Academy was recently renewed for its third season, and naturally, people started to wonder if Page would continue to star as Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix show — a female character. Well guys, according to Variety, Page will return for the role next season, and there are no plans to change the character’s gender.
Do Any Other Stars Identity As Non-Binary?
Sam Smith announced that they were non-binary in an emotional Instagram post in September 2019. They revealed that they will now use gender-neutral pronouns like “they” and “them” instead of “he” and “she.”
“I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM. After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f**k it,” the singer wrote. “I understand there will be many mistakes and miss-gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you. P.S. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non-binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am,” he continued. “So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open.”
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Lachlan Watson also identifies as non-binary, and she opened up about it while discussing makeup during an interview with Vogue U.K.
“The idea that women are the only ones who are expected to conform to this beautiful ideal is silly. If you are a woman in any shape or form, and you walk out of the house without makeup, I’ve always thought it was strange that it’s still considered a revolution, as if you’re revolting against the idea of being a woman,” she explained. “It’s backwards that feminine-leaning people are caged within this idea of having to be pretty. Not only do femme people not have to be pretty, masculine people have always been pretty and are more than welcome to be such.”
Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness also revealed that he is non-binary in an interview with Out. He admitted, “The older I get, the more I think that I’m nonbinary — I’m gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman. I don’t really — I think my energies are really all over the place. Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I’m here for it.”