Canadian actor Elliot Page, known for his iconic roles including Juno, Inception, and Umbrella Academy, has spoken out to raise awareness of violence against trans women of colour in his own coming out message.
“I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” announced Page on social media today.
“I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”
Page, who came out as gay in 2014, thanked loved ones and the trans community for their support.
“I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community,” he wrote.
“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.”
Page also used his coming out announcement to highlight the struggles and dangers still faced by trans people, especially trans women of colour.
“My joy is real, but it is also fragile,” he wrote.
“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.
“The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious 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.”
Page called out leaders who “work to criminalise trans healthcare and deny our right to exist” and others who “spew hostility towards the trans community”.
“You have blood on your hands,” he wrote.
“You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide.
“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.”
Page ended his post by saying, “I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer.”
To the trans community, he said, “I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”