Ellen Page, who was nominated for a best-actress Oscar for playing a pregnant teen in “Juno,” came out as transgender Tuesday and was reintroduced to the world as Elliot Page.
“I love that I am trans,” Page wrote in a Twitter post. “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 the 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.”
Page thanked everyone who has supported him during the journey and said, “I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”
He also admitted to being “scared” of the reaction to his announcement.
“I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the `jokes’ and of violence,” he said. “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.”
Page rose to fame with “Juno,” but also appeared in films including “Inception,” “Whip It,” “To Rome With Love” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” along with the television series “Tales of the City and “The Umbrella Academy.”
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