Actor Elliott Page – formerly known as Ellen – has come out as trans (he/they) in a moving statement posting to his Twitter account.
“I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” he said.
Page expressed “overwhelming gratitude” for those who have supported him so far. “I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to accept my authentic self”, he continued.
“My joy is real, but it is also fragile,” he confessed.
“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.”
Elliot then went on to outline the 40+ deaths of trans people in America alone this year, before defiantly confronting political leaders working to criminalize trans health care.
“Enough is enough. You aren’t being cancelled, you’re hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks”.
“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.”