Elliot Page, known through the hit Netflix series Umbrella Academy, has come out as transgender.
He posts a letter sharing the news on Instagram and Twitter.
“I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self,” Page writes. “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.”
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But while Page says his coming out is worth celebrating, he has also asked “for patience” as his “joy is real, but it is also fragile.”
“I am also scared,” Page shares. “The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences.”
He proceeds to cite disturbing figures of the discrimination towards transgenders. In 2020 alone, at least 37 transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been killed in the US. About 40% of trans adults also report attempting to commit suicide, due in part to the discrimination, hostility, criminalization of trans health care, and denial of other rights.
“Enough is enough,” he writes. “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.”
He has also promised to contribute to the best of his ability in making the world a better place for the trans community.
“To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you,” Page writes. “I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”
Photo from Elliot Page on Instagram
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