Watch: Elliot Page shares trans identity
Emma Portner, the wife of Elliot Page, has said that trans people are 'a gift to the world', following the news that Page has come out as transgender.
Portner, who is a dancer, shared Page's heartfelt announcement on her Instagram page, adding: “I am so proud of @elliotpage.
“Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world.
“I also ask for patience and privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”
Page, star of movies like Juno, Inception and Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, revealed the news on Tuesday.
“I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” he said.
“I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I also 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 violence,” he said.
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Page and Portner married in 2018.
The news of Page's decision has been met with a wave of support from friends and colleagues in Hollywood.
Profound love and admiration for you @TheElliotPage !! Your strength, bravery and activism - not to mention all the art you contribute to this earth - is truly special. Thank you for being so open about your journey and for fighting so hard to make the world a better place. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/2WLs0eT49v
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 1, 2020
Wishing you every blessing and happiness as you begin your new adventure dear Elliot!! How great! X❤️x❤️x❤️
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 1, 2020
I've been a fan of Elliot's for a very long time and am excited to see him continue his fantastic work in the years to come. https://t.co/2KAdiCIyi4
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 1, 2020
Big congratulations to Elliot. This is amazing. It’s going to mean so much to so many people in the world. ❤️ https://t.co/6ndSWSorSH
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) December 1, 2020
If you need me, I will be standing Elliot all day!
— Todrick Hall (@todrick) December 1, 2020
Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 1, 2020
Netflix, which produces The Umbrella Academy, called him a ‘superhero’.
GLAAD, the campaign and media monitoring group, added: “@TheElliotPage has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him. All trans people deserve to be accepted.”
.@TheElliotPage has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him. All trans people deserve to be accepted. https://t.co/Ba7HOBgU5G pic.twitter.com/qFR1qG4H6q
— GLAAD (@glaad) December 1, 2020