Elliot Page, Actor Known for Roles in 'Juno' and 'The Umbrella Academy,' Comes Out As Transgender
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer.”
Elliot Page, the Oscar-nominated actor who found breakout fame after starring in Jason Reitman’s Juno, announced he is transgender and non-binary. Page shared his pronouns, he/they (either pronoun can be used — this post will use he/him for consistency) in a heartfelt Twitter post. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” he wrote.
Page, who will continue to play Vanya Hargreeves in Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, came out as gay in 2014. His wife, dancer Emma Portner, expressed her support of Page on Instagram. “Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself,” Portner wrote.
Though Page’s post is largely an optimistic announcement that he is ready to live publicly as his authentic self, the actor notes that transgender people face disproportionately high rates of violence. “I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture…in 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women,” he noted. Page ends his announcement by addressing fellow transgender folks: ”To all 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.”