Elliot Page, star of 'Juno,' comes out as transgender

David Oliver, USA TODAY
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Elliot Page, Academy Award-nominated star of "Juno," has come out as transgender.

"Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote on Twitter and Instagram Tuesday. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."

Page announced in early 2018 that he married New York dance teacher Emma Portner. The star came out as gay in 2014 (though in this latest social post said he was "queer"), and claimed producer/director Brett Ratner outed him as such.

Page continued in his social media post: "I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I've been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community."

Page asked for patience as he navigates this new path. "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. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences."

Page notes the Human Rights Campaign statistic that 40 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means in 2020 alone. The majority of these are Black and Latinx transgender women.

And Hollywood is no stranger to violence against transgender women: Actress Laverne Cox faced a transphobic attack during a walk in the park with a friend over the weekend. She is OK.

"To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands." Page also noted that 40% of transgender adults report attempting suicide.

Page closed the post: "I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. 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."

LGBTQ advocates offered a groundswell of support for Page.

"Profound love and admiration for you @TheElliotPage!! Your strength, bravery and activism - not to mention all the art you contribute to this earth - is truly special," wrote singers Tegan and Sara. "Thank you for being so open about your journey and for fighting so hard to make the world a better place."

Netflix (which airs "The Umbrella Academy") tweeted: "So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can't wait to see you return in season 3!"

Ross Mathews wrote: "I’ve never met Elliot Page, tho I’ve been at events & shyly waved. I’ve been a huge fan ever since 'Juno' and - in real life - get nervous around people I adore. So I’ve just enjoyed his work - films & docs - from afar. Next time I’m not only saying hi, I’m saying 'Thank you.'"

"Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people,” Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender media, said in a statement. "He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are. We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today."

About his 'Umbrella Academy' role: Elliot Page muses on playing violin for Netflix's 'Umbrella Academy': 'It was so hard'

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