Beloved Halifax actor Elliot Page turned trans today.
Page was the Oscar nominated star of the 2007 film Juno, playing a teenage girl facing an unplanned pregnancy. Page is now featured in the Netflix series Umbrella Academy, playing superhero Vanya Hargreeves.
Closer to home, inspired to action when close friend Lil MacPherson gave Page a copy of Joan Baxter’s book The mill, Page then directed the documentary film There is something in the water, which examines environmental racism in Nova Scotia and the women working to end it in their communities.
“What’s so powerful about meeting these women and hearing them speak is that they embraced their power,” Page told Baxter. “They know they are powerful and they know they can create change.”
The same can be said of Page, who announced her trans status in an Instagram post:
Hi friends i want to share with you that my name is Elliot my pronouns are he / they and I am trans. I am lucky to write this. Be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.
I feel immense gratitude for the amazing people who have supported me throughout this trip. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it is to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I have been endlessly inspired by so many members of the trans community. Thank you for your courage, generosity, and tireless work in making this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer all the support I can and will continue to fight for a more loving and equitable society.
I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, while I feel deeply happy right now and carry a privilege, I am also afraid. I’m afraid of intrusiveness, hatred, “jokes” and violence. To be clear, I’m not trying to temper a happy moment that I’m celebrating, but I want to tackle the big picture. The statistics are staggering. Discrimination against trans people is widespread, insidious and cruel, with horrific consequences. In 2020 alone, it was reported that at least 40 transgender people were murdered, the majority of whom were black trans women and LaatinX. To the political leaders who are working to criminalize trans healthcare and denying our right to exist and to all who have a massive platform who continue to spit hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands . You unleash a vile and demeaning fury that descends on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You are not “canceled”, you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we will not be silent in the face of your attacks.
I like that I am trans. And I like the fact that I’m queer. And the closer I stand and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I blossom. To all trans people who face harassment, self-hatred, abuse and the threat of violence on a daily basis: I see you, I love you, and I will do whatever I can to change this world for the better.
Thanks for reading this.
All my love, Elliot
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