Elliot Page Opens Up About Coming Out as Transgender: "I'm Fully Who I Am"

Mar 16 2021 - 9:40am

After publicly coming out as transgender [1] in December, Elliot Page is opening up in his first interview with Time [2]. Since discussing his identity in a heartfelt letter on Twitter, the Umbrella Academy [3] actor told the publication that he's feeling "true excitement and deep gratitude to have made it to this point in my life, mixed with a lot of fear and anxiety." While his announcement was met with widespread support from costars and friends [4], Elliot revealed that he also experienced a lot of "hatred and transphobia." "What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia. That's essentially what happened."

Despite that, Elliot is even more encouraged now to use his voice to lift up others in the LGBTQ+ community, specifically the transgender community. "We know who we are," he told the publication. "People cling to these firm ideas [about gender] because it makes people feel safe. But if we could just celebrate all the wonderful complexities of people, the world would be such a better place." He added that he wants to use his "privilege and platform to help in the ways I can." Read more quotes from his cover story ahead.

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