This article was published on January 6th, 2021
In a heartfelt message that was published on their social media pages, Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, came out as transgender and non-binary. The announcement was met with applause from the LGBTQ+ community as well as the Hollywood community, both of which have seen the progression over the years in front of the lens.
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer.”
Page came out as gay in 2014, making the announcement in a speech delivered before several hundred attendees at Time to Thrive, a conference to promote the welfare of LGBTQ+ youth held at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Over the years, Elliot Page has been an outspoken advocate and activist for the LGTBQ+ community, and in 2020, the Oscar-nominated Juno actor inspired even more people when they came out as non-binary and transgender. The Oscar nominee issued a letter of introduction that was not only touching, but a testament to the changing times we currently live in:
“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. 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.”
Page uses both he/him and they/them pronouns and describes himself as transgender and non-binary, meaning that their gender identity is neither man nor woman. Hollywood friends of the star showed their support for Page on social media, including Natasha Lyonne, Miley Cyrus, Emmy Rossum, Olivia Munn, and Alyssa Milano.
Page started with breakout film roles in Hard Candy and Juno, the latter of which scored Page an Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category. Before Juno catapulted Page to the mainstream, the actor appeared as the mutant Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand, reprising the role in the sequel film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Other acting credits include Christopher Nolan’s critically lauded Inception and the Julianne Moore LGBTQ+ drama Freeheld. Also known as a director, Page made their debut as co-director with Ian Daniel in Netflix’s There’s Something In The Water, based on the novel by Ingrid Walton. As a producer, Page created and produced the Hulu docuseries Gaycation, an effort which earned two Emmy nominations.
What’s Next For Page?
As one of the stars on the hit Netflix comic book series come to life, The Umbrella Academy, fans of the show are waiting eagerly for the third season of the show. Although there had been initial reports that said otherwise, it has now been confirmed that Page will remain on the series and Netflix – in a show of support – is retroactively crediting Elliot Page in the cast credits. As Page continues on his journey, the LGBTQ+ community stands by his efforts and achievements.