‘All my love, Elliot’: actor Page turns out to be transgender
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NEW YORK (AP) – Oscar nominated actor Elliot Page, star of “Juno,” “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy,” turned out to be transgender on Tuesday in an announcement hailed as a turning point for the trans community at Hollywood.
“I like being trans. And I love being queer, ”Page said in a social media statement.
Page, the 33-year-old Nova Scotian actor, said his decision to turn out to be trans, which also involved changing his first name, came after a long journey and with great support from the LGBTQ community.
“I can’t begin to express how remarkable it is to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self,” Page wrote. “I have been endlessly inspired by so many members of the trans community. Thank you for your courage, generosity, and tireless work in making this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. “
“The closer I stand and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I flourish,” added Page, who said his pronouns are “he” and “they.”
Page signed his statement with the words: “All my love, Elliot.”
The announcement was widely celebrated on social media by LGBTQ rights advocates and many in the film industry. Netflix, creator of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ comic book series, said, ‘So proud of our superhero! We love you Elliot!
“Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on screen and has been a strong advocate for all LGBTQ people,” said Nick Adams, director of transgender media for GLAAD. “He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people.” All trans people deserve the chance to be ourselves and be accepted for who we are. Today we celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page.
Page erupted in Jason Reitman’s 2007 film “Juno” in a performance as a pregnant teenager that earned her an Oscar nomination.
Page has often worked to show the lives of LGBTQ characters, including the 2015 film “Freeheld,” which he produced and starred as the partner of a dying New Jersey police detective who had been denied retirement benefits.
Last year, he made his directorial debut with the documentary “There’s Something in the Water”, about the environmental damage suffered by Black and First Nations communities in Nova Scotia.
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