The star of the Oscar nominated "Juno" came out as transgender on Tuesday. The star introduced himself as Elliot Page on an Instagram post. He stated, "I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Eliot."
Elliot thanked his supporters in the transgender community for helping him throughout his journey and to help him "finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self."
While expressing his joy in the post, Elliot also addressed the issue of trolling, hate and discrimination that the transgender community is subjected to today. He stated, "My joy is real, but it is also fragile." “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,” the Juno actor added.
Talking statistics, Elliot said, "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 ended his heartfelt letter with, "I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer."
The world responds to Elliot coming out
His path-breaking statement on Instagram won a lot of praise across Hollywood and even the LGBTQ charity GLAAD referring to Page as "remarkable" and "an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people."
Some of the Hollywood biggies who expressed their support for Elliot included Ellen DeGeneres, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and Anna Kendrick to name a few.
The Lord of the Rings actor, Ian McKellen, tweeted his love and support for Elliot and thanked him for being an inspiration to others.
Thanks Elliot for sharing your journey with the world. Yours is a voice that needs to be heard, to encourage and educate us all. https://t.co/sZF9ROPRFh
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) December 1, 2020
Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community herself, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted praising Elliot for her courage and strength.
Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 1, 2020
Actor and comedian, Kumail Nanjiani, retweeted Elliot's post while sharing with his fans that he has admired Elliot's work for years.
I've been a fan of Elliot's for a very long time and am excited to see him continue his fantastic work in the years to come. https://t.co/2KAdiCIyi4
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 1, 2020
Pitch Perfect actor, Anna Kendrick tweeted as well.
Elliot Page’s words here are so beautiful and so eloquent, and he is reminding me that we can all be brave and joyful, even when things are scary. And this year especially, that reminder is such a GIFT. Sending them love/praise/gratitude/well-wishes etc etc etc etc ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/BX6DRXHzmz
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 1, 2020
Further, the Human Rights Campaign wrote, “Sending you all the love in the world, Elliot."
"I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer."
Sending you all the love in the world, Elliot. 💙💖⚪ https://t.co/laSdo5unWM
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 1, 2020
Gendered Intelligence (GI), a trans-led charity in the UK welcomed Page’s announcement, adding “whoever it was who immediately changed the Wikipedia page to say “he”, you’re a good one.”
This is beautiful.
We're welcoming Elliot Page to the big trans family and to whoever it was who immediately changed the Wikipedia page to say "he", you're a good one.
— Gendered Intelligence (GI) (@Genderintell) December 1, 2020
Page came out as gay in 2014. He instantly became one of the most prominent faces of Hollywood's LGBTQ community, and later married dancer Emma Portner in 2018.
The actor recently played the role of Vanya in the Netflix original, "The Umbrella Academy". He also appeared in the 2010 science fiction hit "Inception" opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and the 2012 Woody Allen comedy "To Rome with Love."