The actor formerly known as Ellen Page has announced that he's transgender and will now be known as Elliot Page in a new post online.
Elliot, who's best known for his role in teen comedy Juno, shared the news in a lengthy post shared to his socials overnight, adding that he was scared of the backlash and that "those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility" as well as transphobic politicians "have blood on [their] hands".
"Hi friends," he wrote. "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."
Elliot went on to say it felt "remarkable" to finally love who he was enough to pursue his authentic self, and to thank the trans community for their work in helping to create a "more loving and equal society."
He continued: "I also ask for patience. 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'm 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. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women."
"To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans healthcare 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 "cancelled," you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won't be silent in the face of your attacks."
Ending the post, he wrote: "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."
Elliot, who has also starred in Whip It, X-Men and Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, came out as gay at an LGBTQ+ youth conference on Valentine's Day in 2014. Netflix has praised Elliot on Twitter, saying the company was "proud of our superhero".
The streaming service has also confirmed to the NY Post that they will be updating his name across all titles he's involved with on the platform.
You can read Elliot Page's post here:
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.
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