Elliot Page, the Oscar-Nominated actor for his role on Juno just posted to social media a statement confirming his identity as a trans person. Beyond giving us something visibility to celebrate, the opportunity is there for media outlets to grow and learn. Public coming-out announcements and statements are where we learn in our personal lives how to address and interact with those in our lives who come out. We’ll let his words speak for themselves.
Through an Instagram post after changing his username to @Elliotpage, the actor addressed his fans in a post where he wrote the following:
“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 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, 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,”
If you are wondering why there are no references to Elliot Page’s name as it’s been credited on film projects and movies of the past, it’s a conscious effort to not “dead name” the actor. (“Dead Naming” is when a Trans person is called by their birth name or given name after having changed it.) Laverne Cox explained the harm and history of dead-naming through this article in the Washington Post.
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