Today is a day of celebration. Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, announced that he is transgender and non-binary. Elliot was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in 2007’s Juno. He’s also known for Christopher Nolan‘s Inception and currently stars as Vanya Hargreeves in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.
Elliot’s post to his social media platforms was an emotional one. He included that his new pronouns are “he/they,” and the overwhelming gratitude he feels in this moment.
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.
Additionally, Elliot asked his fans and followers for patience. “My joy is real, but also fragile,” he said. He went on to reveal the anxiety he feels regarding potentially hateful responses to his coming out. But, he also seized the opportunity to address the lawmakers who incessantly “criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist.” He chastised them for having blood on their hands. “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.”
Elliot has been a long-time advocate for trans rights. He ended his post by focusing on those in the trans community who feel disenfranchised and face unconscionable abuse every day. “I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”
Elliot Page was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He’s been active in the entertainment industry since 1997. Some of Elliot’s earlier work can be seen in Trailer Park Boys and CBC’s Pit Pony. Besides starring roles in Juno, Inception and The Umbrella Academy, he portrayed Kitty Pryde in two X-Men films.
Geek Girl Authority wholeheartedly supports and uplifts Elliot Page for his unequivocal bravery. His success in pursuing his most authentic self should be applauded. Everyone should live how they want to live — authentically and joyfully. We hope Elliot holds fast to the joy he feels. May he continue to live his life proudly. It also speaks to his loving character that he continues to strongly advocate for the trans community.
Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place.
The above quote is from a fictional character — Ray Holt of Brooklyn Nine-Nine — but it rings true especially today.
You can read Elliot’s full message below.
Way to go, Elliot Page. You rock.