Our favorite ‘Juno’ and ‘The Umbrella Academy’ star Elliot Page comes out as trans

Published December 2, 2020, 9:42 AM

by Vianca Gamboa

“I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”

Screenshot of Elliot Page’s Twitter account

Who didn’t love Elliot Page growing up? His characters more often than not resonate with our angsty, teenage selves, from Whip It, the X-Men franchise, Hard Candy, and his Oscar-nominated performance in teen dramedy Juno. We also loved his notable roles in Inception, Flatliners, and hit Netflix show The Umbrella Academy.

One may argue of his visible string of generic coming-of-age character tropes, but what we always love most about his is that the real-life Page is one of the most apparent LGBTQ+ members and advocates in Hollywood.

Recently, the actor announced on social media that he is transgender and non-binary (note: neither masculine nor feminine) through a heartwarming letter on Twitter. Elliot writes that his pronouns are both he/him and they/them.

“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” he writes on his social media account with over 1.7 million followers. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. 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. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place,” he continues. “I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society. 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.”

Page ends his note by relaying a message to the trans community: “To all the 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 announcement was met with great support.

The official Netflix Twitter account replied to Page’s announcement saying, “So proud of our superhero! We love you Elliot! Can’t wait to see you return in season three!” They are referring to Page’s role in the popular superhero series The Umbrella Academy.

It has also been reported that Netflix has already changed Elliot Page’s credits to avoid the disrespectful practice of deadnaming.

Screenshot of Netflix Philippines

“Elliot, I’m so proud of you, and even prouder to call you family,” comments Page’s The Umbrella Academy co-star Tom Hopper, complete with heart emojis, on Page’s Instagram post. “All the love.”

“Love you so much,” replies their other in-show adopted brother Justin Min.

Page’s director in Juno, Jason Reitman, says it simply and says it best with his comment, “We love you Elliot!”

 
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