In a letter posted to his Twitter and Instagram pages on December 1, actor and LGBTQ advocate Elliot Page came out as trans to the public. The Academy Award–nominated actor, who currently plays Vanya on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, has long been a vocal advocate for queer causes, having come out as gay in a speech at a Human Rights Campaign conference in 2014. He also hosted the LGBTQ travel series Gaycation for Viceland, which aired from 2016 to 2017 (when he still went by “Ellen”). In 2018, he married his partner Emma Portner. In his coming-out letter, Page speaks out against violence toward Black and Latinx trans women, and writes, “to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands […] You aren’t being ‘cancelled,’ you are hurting people.” Read the full letter below.
Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.
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.
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. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. 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. TO the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. 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.
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. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.
Thank you for reading this.
All my love,
Netflix responded, “So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can’t wait to see you return in season 3!”