In a new tell-all interview, Elliot Page has opened up about his experience of coming out as trans, and why he felt it was "crucial" to share his story...
His words have been a driving force for many people struggling to be their authentic selves.
Scroll on to hear what he had to say...
Now, actor Elliot Page has been a prominent figure among LGBTQ+ fans for quite some time now...
And has long been an advocate for the community.
But on December 1st, 2020, he further enriched his legacy.
Page released a statement on social media, coming out as transgender.
In the deeply personal essay, they began:
“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot. 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'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 wrote.
"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. To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better."
He then asked for "patience" as he navigates his new identity.
"My joy is real, but it is also fragile," he wrote, "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."
Of course, fans immediately began praising Page and offering their support...
Tonight we watched the Schitt’s Creek finale documentary and just wept uncontrollable tears. And on this day Elliot… https://t.co/7boR5MsbcB— Christopher Canning (@Christopher Canning)1606877623.0
And it's clear that Page's decision to come out as trans resonated with so many people.
The actor has, of course, kept to himself over the past few months...
And although the news of him filing for divorce from his wife, Emma Portner, hit global headlines earlier this year, the star seems to be living the life he's always dreamed of.
And his first interview since coming out came in March.
In the new cover story for this month's Time magazine, Page opened up about his childhood and coming out as transgender.
"What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia. That's essentially what happened. I felt like a boy. I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday."
The actor then opened up about making the huge decision to undergo top surgery.
He emphasized that being trans isn't all about surgery, but explained that having it "has completely transformed my life."
"We know who we are. People cling to these firm ideas [about gender] because it makes people feel safe. But if we could just celebrate all the wonderful complexities of people, the world would be such a better place," Page said, "It's a complicated journey and an ongoing process.
Although Page's journey has been a long and difficult one...
It seems as if the actor is finally in the place they have always wanted to be in.
But earlier this week, Page sat down for a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The interview will be airing on Apple TV tomorrow and Page has discussed the upcoming interview and the issues he's faced since coming out as trans with Vanity Fair.
He opened up about what it was like to come out as trans...
Elliot brought up his moving Instagram post, where they wrote: "can't express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self."
Speaking to Oprah, Elliot said, "I was expressing this to people in my life much before posting that letter. Telling people for the first time, knowing I wanted a moment, of course, to become comfortable in myself and to be able to get to that point."
Elliot then explained how being "closeted so long" was detrimental to his mental health.
"I came out as gay right before my 27th birthday, up until then I had pretty much never even touched someone outside who I was in love with. Any kind of sensation of feeling that again, there was no way I could do it."
Elliot felt it was "crucial and important" for him to share the letter at this moment in time...
Elliot added that the interview came after "the rhetoric coming from anti-trans activists and anti-LGBTQ activists — it's devastating. These bills are going to be responsible for the death of children. It is that simple."
"I don't want it to sound like, 'Look at me,'" he continued.
"It's not that at all. Actually, I was really nervous. But I thought about it for a bit, and it just felt like, okay, the GOP basically wants to destroy the lives of trans kids and stop the Equality Act. How do you not use this platform?"