“I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” Page wrote. “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.”
The actor, now 33, said she will now prefer to be referred to by he/they pronouns.
The former quirky young girl from the film Juno gave her appreciation to the trans community for “courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place.”
Page confessed she was “scared” to come out as trans due to what she called 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,” Page added.
Page put political leaders on blast who “work to criminalize trans health care” and accused them of having “blood on your hands.”
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer,” Page said in the statement. “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 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.”
Page came out to the world as a lesbian in February 2014, and was married to dancer Emma Portner. Portner stood by her “man” and declared that she was “so proud” of Page. Celebrities jumped at the chance to come forward to lavish the actor with approval.
Director James Gunn, who worked with Page in the 2010 film Super, responded to the star’s announcement on Twitter: “Elliot, I love you, am proud of you, and admire you. Please keep being a beacon of courage, compassion, and strength for all of us.”
LGBTQ activist and singer Miley Cyrus posted in the comments section of The Umbrella Academy actor’s Instagram account and exclaimed, “Elliot rules!”
Page’s X-Men co-star Anna Paquin spoke out in support for her friend, saying, “Sending you ALL the love and support Elliot!”
Progressive activist and Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette stated, “Sending you love and support!”
Page is known to put herself at the center of many far-left causes, including her famous anti-Trump outbursts and tear-filled defense of famous hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.
At the time, Page said there was “no reason” to doubt Smollett’s farfetched and improbable tale of MAGA supporters trying to bleach his skin and wrapping his neck in a noose on the arctic streets of Chicago in the winter of 2019.
“It feels impossible to not feel this way now with the president and the vice president, Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn’t be married,” Page told Stephen Colbert at the time.
“Let’s be clear: The vice president of America wishes I didn’t have the love [I have] with my wife. He wanted to ban that in Indiana. He believes in conversion therapy. He has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana.
“Connect the dots,” the actor stressed. “This is what happens. If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering what do you think is gonna happen? Kids are gonna be abused, and they’re gonna kill themselves. And people are gonna be beaten on the street.”