Elliot Page has never been your average Hollywood star.
From the beginning of his career with break out roles in films like Hard Candy and Juno, Page lent his talents towards work with a bite. And after coming out as queer in 2014, he showed a commitment to playing queer characters in work such as My Days of Mercy, Freeheld, Tales of the City, and The Umbrella Academy. They even hosted a docuseries called Gaycation about the varied experiences of queer people around the world.
This morning Elliot Page came out as transgender when he released the following statement:
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020
It’s always exciting to me when someone famous comes out as trans. It’s always exciting to me when anyone comes out as trans. But it feels especially exciting that someone who owned their queerness with such a commitment to community will now have the opportunity to do the same with their transness.
The first two news stories I saw when waking up this morning were Elliot Page’s coming out and the court decision in the UK that sets a precedent banning trans people under 16 from obtaining puberty blockers without court permission. We are living in a particularly fraught moment where increased visibility is fighting with increased oppression, and I’m so happy that Elliot Page is not only out for himself but for all the trans people still being told we are wrong. It’s clear from Elliot’s statement that he understands the responsibility his platform provides and I look forward to watching him bring the same talent and commitment to principles he’s shown throughout his public life.
And, look, we collectively decided that Whip It was a queer film so now can we decide that that Juno is a trans film?? I’m joking (sort of) but I can’t wait for the many actually trans films we’ll see from them in the decades to come!