Ellen Page has come out as transgender, changing his name to Elliot.
The Umbrella Academy actor described himself as ‘lucky’ to have been able to come out, and penned a heartfelt statement.
‘Hi friends, 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 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.
‘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 33-year-old added: ‘The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women.
He began his career in 1997, rising to fame in 2006 with the release of Juno, which he starred in alongside Michael Cera.
Elliot also previously came out as gay in 2014 in a powerful speech.
He said at the time: ‘I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference.’
Elliot ended his speech by fighting for the right of equality and for the LGBTQ community to have the right to love who they choose.
He said: ‘I am young yes, but what I have learned is that love – the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it – is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being and we deserve to expect love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.’
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