Updated on: Wednesday, December 02, 2020, 12:08 PM IST

'X-Men' star Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, comes out as transgender

“I've been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community." - Elliot Page

Oscar nominated actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page came out as transgender. Sharing an elaborate note on Twitter and Instagram, the ‘X-Men’ star wrote, “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.”

Thanking the trans community and expressing how it feels to finally come out, the 33-year-old stated, “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. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society,” he added.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also extended support to Page and wrote on Twitter, "Thank you, Elliot, for sharing these words and speaking your truth. Your bravery and strength are inspiring, and your authenticity and vulnerability will mean so much to so many. Sophie and I wish you the very best, and we send you - and the trans community - all our support."


In 2014, Page came out as gay. Announcing at the Human Rights Campaign conference in Las Vegas, he said, “I am tired of hiding, and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."

Earlier in 2019, Page had said, it's time to "step up" to support transgender people.

"We need to realise that a lot of the most marginalised people in our community have been left behind. We need to step up for trans people because they are under attack," Page, who is married to Canadian dancer Emma Portner, told Gay Times magazine.


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Published on: Wednesday, December 02, 2020, 08:56 AM IST