Elliot Page's wife says trans people are 'gift to the world' as she pledges support for husband

Ben Arnold
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Emma Portner, the wife of Elliot Page, has said that trans people are 'a gift to the world', following the news that Page has come out as transgender.

Portner, who is a dancer, shared Page's heartfelt announcement on her Instagram page, adding: “I am so proud of @elliotpage.

“Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world.

Ellen Page and Emma Portner arrive at the LA Dance Project Annual Gala and Unveiling of New Company Space on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ellen Page and Emma Portner (Invision/AP)

“I also ask for patience and 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. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”

Page, star of movies like Juno, Inception and Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, revealed the news on Tuesday.

“I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” he said.

“I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I also ask for patience.

“My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’, and of violence,” he said.

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Page and Portner married in 2018.

The news of Page's decision has been met with a wave of support from friends and colleagues in Hollywood.

Netflix, which produces The Umbrella Academy, called him a ‘superhero’.

GLAAD, the campaign and media monitoring group, added: “@TheElliotPage has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him. All trans people deserve to be accepted.”