Elliot Page, 'Umbrella Academy' Star, Announces He Is Trans
Through a moving letter published on social media, Elliot Page, star of The Umbrella Academy and an Oscar nominee for Juno, announced to his followers that he is trans and queer. In the message, Page also made a powerful statement on discrimination against the trans community, telling trans people: "I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better."
Today, Elliot Page announced on social media that he is a transgender person. Through a moving letter posted on Instagram, the Umbrella Academy and Juno star shared with followers that he is trans and queer, also using the message to call out hate, discrimination, and violence against this community.
Elliot Page comes out as transgender
Through a message on his social media, the actor (formerly known as Ellen Page) came out as transgender.
"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this this place in my life."
The Umbrella Academy star also said he felt "overwhelming gratitude" for the people who have supported him so far, but he acknowledged that his joy, while real, is also "fragile."
"I also ask for patience… 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 hatred, the 'jokes' and of violence."
Page also spoke out against those who discriminate against trans people, politicians who criminalize trans healthcare, and listed troubling numbers on violence against the trans community in the U.S.
"Enough is enough," he said to those who oppose trans human rights. "You aren't being 'cancelled,' you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won't be silent in the face of your attacks."
Elliot Page is an Oscar-nominated Canadian actor
Born in Canada in 1987, Page began his career in the series Pit Pony (1997-2000). But the actor's breakout came in 2005 when he starred in the thriller Hard Candy with Patrick Wilson.
Since then, Page has appeared in films such as Juno—for which he received an Oscar nomination—Inception, and the X-Men franchise. Since 2019, he's starred as "Vanya Hargreeves" in the hit Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.
Page concluded today's letter: "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."