Elliot Page is opening up about his ‘trans joy’ three years after coming out.
The ‘Umbrella Academy’ actor and ‘Pageboy’ memoirist recounted People magazine that he “barely made it” on his coming-out journey. Now, Page enjoys being a trans man.
“It definitely feels like a way I never thought I’d try, and that mostly shows in how present I feel, the ease I feel and the ability to exist. There have been times in my life where I really felt like I wasn’t,” Page said. “So often it’s a lot more in the quiet moments. it’s in the stillness. To get my back back. I was always a little withdrawn, anxious. I never felt like my skin was my own.
She added: “I realize I look different now from people who’ve known me before, but I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God, there’s that person that I saw but never thought I’d actually see.’ Sometimes she takes me by surprise. A friend will just take a picture and then I see it, and it just sends this electric thrill through my body, this sort of spark. Why It’s Fun: Seeing something new, or not.
Page credited Catherine Keener, Alia Shawkat, and Kristen Wiig with encouraging him to “go against the forces that told me he wasn’t true.”
Academy Award nominee ‘Juno’ addressed his own privilege as a trans actor over other trans people around the world.
“I feel like I just barely made it in a lot of ways,” Page said, adding, “The privilege I have doesn’t represent the reality of most trans lives. The reality is that trans people are disproportionately unemployed, they disproportionately experience homelessness. Trans women of color are being murdered. People are losing their health care.
Page summed up: “When I walk down the street and young people come up to me, it means a lot to me. They are themselves, they have the courage to say: ‘This is who I am, and I will live authentically’”.