Elliot Page has graced the cover of TIME Magazine and sat down for his first interview since coming out as transgender in December 2020. The interview is stirring, powerful and speaks authentically to Elliot’s journey growing up and navigating Hollywood as a queer person. The interview also explores the ongoing fight for trans equality across politics, the media and in wider society. Also: there are some great pictures of Elliot within.
For the first time, he openly speaks about his public coming out last year, and how being in isolation due to the pandemic led him to really grapple with his gender identity.
“I had a lot of time on my own to really focus on things that I think, in so many ways, unconsciously, I was avoiding,” he tells reporter Katy Steinmetz.
He speaks to being inspired by trans icons such as Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, and reflects on how “shame and discomfort” eventually gave way to him “finally able to embrace being transgender”.
On the reactions he was expecting, Page says he was anticipating ”a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia,” which he reflects is pretty accurate to what happened.
The interview dives into the ongoing struggles of the transgender community, including higher rates of homelessness, mental ill health, harrassment, violence and the constant damaging debate around trans bodies and experiences in politics and the media.
“Extremely influential people are spreading these myths and damaging rhetoric—every day you’re seeing our existence debated,” Page says. He adds that “transgender people are so very real”.
Page reflects on his “lifesaving” top surgery, which he was recovering from at the time of his coming out. He emphasises, however, that surgery isn’t at all necessary for all trans people, and also how for some it’s unaffordable. He reflects on his privilege in the trans community, something he spoke to when he first came out on Instagram.
“My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today,” Page says, “and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can,” he says.
He puts this into practice in the caption of his Instagram post about the TIME Magazine interview, writing how he wants people to join him to “decry anti-trans legislation, hate and discimination in all its forms”.
The interview dives into Elliot’s experiences being trans in Hollywood, looking hopefully to the future – as he’s had many offers and opportunities come in since December. Some are for trans-specific projects, some are just “dude roles”.
“I’m really excited to act, now that I’m fully who I am, in this body,” Page says. “No matter the challenges and difficult moments of this, nothing amounts to getting to feel how I feel now.”
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