Story at a glance
- Elliot Page is an Oscar-nominated Canadian actor known for starring in the 2007 film "Juno."
- The actor formerly known as Ellen Page shared on Instagram that they are transgender and their name is Elliot.
- In his statement, Elliot spoke out about the epidemic of violence towards transgender people, especially Black and Latinx trans women.
Elliot Page spoke out about the epidemic of violence against transgender people in a statement announcing that his life is one of those at risk.
"I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he said in a post shared on social media. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
The Oscar-nominated actor known for roles in "The Umbrella Academy" and "Juno" expressed his love for the LGBT community but also asked for patience, citing the dangers facing transgender people in the United States and around the world.
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“Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people,” said Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media, in a statement. “He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are. We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today.”
A record number of transgender Americans have been killed so far this year: at least 40 as of Dec. 1, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which tracks the deaths of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Hate crimes motivated by bias against gender identity increased by 20 percent this year, according to the FBI, and these numbers are all likely underreported. At the same time, transgender youth are seeing the toll on their mental health and are disproportionately at risk for suicide.
"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," Page said.
The white privilege that Page acknowledged is evident in the disproportionate rates of violence against Black and Latin transgender women, who make up a majority of transgender murder victims this year. Still, the actor aligned himself with the LGBT community and declared vocal support for transgender health care and human rights.
"I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive," he said.
Read the whole statement below:
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