“I Feel Lucky To Be Writing This”: ‘Umbrella Academy’ Star Elliot Page Comes Out As Transgender

"I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer."

Elliot Page

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Elliot Page, the star of acclaimed Diablo Cody comedy Juno and recent Netflix comic book adaptation The Umbrella Academy, has come out as transgender in an emotional statement posted to his social media.

Page, who has been a star of the big and small screens since the early two thousands, was Oscar nominated for his role in Juno. He also won plaudits for hosting Gaycation, a docu-series on Vice that explored issues facing the LGBTQI community around the world.

“Hi friends,” the statement reads. “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliott.

“I feel lucky to be writing this … 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.”

Later in the statement, Page also admitted to feeling “scared”.

“I’m scared of the invasiveness and the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of the violence … To the political leaders who work to criminalise trans health care and deny our right to exist … you unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community.”

In summation, Page strikes an ultimately hopeful, joyous note. “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.”