While announcing the big news, Page shared his gratitude for the support of his fans and noted that he felt inspired by the trans community. He 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. 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."
Although Page considers this a very happy occasion, the actor opened up about his fears associated with coming out—especially considering the discrimination that so many trans people are facing today. He revealed, "The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, ridiculous and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women."
After calling out politicians who've attacked the trans community, he added, "Enough is enough. You aren’t being 'cancelled,' you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks."
Several celebrities were quick to vocalize their love and support, including Ruby Rose, Anna Paquin and Miley Cyrus, who wrote "Elliot rules!" with a string of heart emojis. Even Netflix got in on the action by sharing Page's statement to their Twitter page. They wrote, "So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can't wait to see you return in season 3!"
After Page made the announcement, Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Media at GLAAD, said in a statement, "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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