Elliot Page, a Hollywood star from Halifax, shared that he is transgender.
The actor known for his role in the movie Juno was nominated for an Oscar, Inception, and most recently, The Umbrella Academy.
He told his social media followers Tuesday through a lengthy post in which he shared that he is transgender. He uses pronouns for men (he) or they (they).
Page said he was inspired by many in the transgender community and thanked them for their courage, generosity, and efforts to make the world a more inclusive and compassionate place.
While Page said his joy is real, but it is also very “fragile”. Although he feels extremely happy and acknowledges his privilege, he is also afraid of abuse, hate, jokes and violence from many people.
He cites Human Rights Campaigning Organization figures that nearly 40 transgender people were killed in the United States in 2020 alone, with the majority of them being women of colour.
“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,” Page wrote.
The letter has received acclaim on social media. Canadian musicians Tegan and Sara say Page’s strength, courage, and active activity are “truly special.”
Page is also a passionate environmental activist, and made his directorial debut alongside Daniel with There’s Something in the Water, a documentary that screened at TIFF last year.
Inspired by a book of the same name by Dalhousie University professor Ingrid Waldron, the documentary takes on environmental racism — the way climate change disproportionately affects communities of colour — in Page’s home province of Nova Scotia.
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