Ellen: My Joy is Real But I’m Afraid of Hate
Ellen:“I love being trans. And I love being queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more my heart grows. My joy is real, but it’s also fragile. I’m afraid of invasion, hatred, and violence ”
Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, wanted to write a letter and share it on Twitter to announce her coming out. In a long message, the star of Juno and The Umbrella Academy asks his followers to use the pronouns “he / they”, “he” and “them” for him, which in addition to the plural also has a singular value for those who non-binary gender identifier.
“Hello friends. I want to share with you that I am trans “, Page begins, my pronouns are him / them and my name is Elliot.
I feel lucky to write this. To be here. To have arrived in this place in my life “. The actor thanks all those who have been close to him on this journey: “I can’t express how extraordinary it is to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.” And the trans community that inspired him: “Thank you for your courage, your generosity and the tireless work you do to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer you any support I can to continue to fight for a more loving and fair society “.
Elliot then also thanks for the patience: «My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is that, although I feel deeply happy right now and know how many privileges I have, I am also afraid. I’m afraid of invasion, hatred, “jokes” and violence. To be clear, I’m not trying to dampen a joyful moment that I want to celebrate, but I want to address the whole picture. The statistics are astounding. Discrimination against trans people is widespread, insidious and cruel, with horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it was reported that at least 40 transgender people were killed, most of which were black and Latino trans women.
The 33-year-old actor and activist addresses political leaders, also referring to Donald Trump without naming him: “To political leaders who work to criminalize health care for transgender people and to deny our right to exist, and to all those who continue to throw up hostility towards the trans community, I mean: your hands are stained with blood! Unleash a vile fury and humiliating anger that falls on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults claim to have attempted suicide. This cannot be “undone”, you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we will not be silent in the face of your attacks ».
Despite the fear he feels, Page concludes: “I love being transgener. And I love being queer. And the more I hold myself close and completely embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows, and the more I thrive. ” Finally, an appeal: “To all transgender people who every day suffer harassment, contempt for them, abuse and threats of violence: I see you, I love you and I will do everything possible to change this world for the better”.
Page’s wife, dancer Emma Portner, immediately wanted to share her letter on her Instagram account, writing: “I’m so proud of @elliotpage. Transgender, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience and privacy, but that you join me in the fervent support of the trans community. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. I love you so much”.
Page revealed last year that he got married to Portner, 24. While in 2019 he had talked about the pressures to hide his sexuality about her that he had endured early in Hollywood. “When I started getting famous, I was told clearly: ‘People don’t have to know you’re gay,’” he said, recalling his 2014 coming out to PorterEdit
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