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Ellen Page comes out as transgender, requests name change in the media

Juno and The Umbrella Academy star Ellen Page has come out as non-binary and transgender.

The actor took to Instagram on Tuesday (December 1, 2020) to announce a new identity, Elliot Page.

“I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” Page explained. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.

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“I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self… I ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. 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 the 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… I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer.”

The star and their statement have been applauded by officials at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – the group’s director of transgender media, Nick Adams, writes: “Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. 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.”

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