Elliot Page - star of ‘Juno’, ‘Inception’, ‘Whip It’ and ‘Umbrella Academy’ - has opened up about his identity as he becomes the first trans man to make the cover of Time Magazine.
Page came out as Transgender back in December 2020.
The actor took to Twitter and Instagram to share a letter, sharing his feelings about his identity. ‘I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture,’ he posted before going on to remind followers of the mistreatment that members of the LGBTQ+ community face, particularly Black trans women.
He concluded: ‘To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence everyday: I see you, I love you and I will do everything in my power to change this world for the better.’
Since then, Page has mainly used his platform to share petitions and raise awareness of issues impacting the transgender community and he is now at the forefront of the media once again, following the interview with Time. It’s clear his journey has been hallmarked by anxiety.
Page discusses childhood, from hair cut short to aspiring to be part of the ‘E.T.’ gang, his experience in acting as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, his platform and privilege as a white celebrity and his divorce from Emma Portner.
He also tells how he took inspiration from trans icons including Janet Mock and Laverne Cox as well as from literature citing P. Carl’s memoir ‘Becoming A Man’; reassuring himself of other successes for trans people helped him embrace his gender and understand his feelings. It’s been a long journey. Page recalls at the age of 9 identifying as a boy. ‘I wanted to be a boy; I would ask my mom if I could be someday.’
Now Page is a trans icon himself as an acclaimed actor and LGBTQ+ activist. We must all hope his bravery and support of the community will equip others with the strength they need to come out and that this helps raise awareness of the steps we still need to take to ensure the safety of and equality for the trans community.
Elliot Page: we see you, we love you. In our own field – helping the LGBTQI community over the last decade – we do try and contribute to changing things for the better.
Thank you for your honesty, bravery and for fighting for equality.