Elliot Page (who stars as Netflix’s most powerful The Umbrella Academy sibling and received an Oscar nomination for Juno) came out as transgender and non-binary on Tuesday morning in an Instagram announcement. “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,” Page wrote. “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.”
In addition, Page expressed solidarity with “all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day.” He promised, “I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.” Those words follow up on Page’s ongoing advocacy with the GLAAD organization, along with his condemnation of VP Mike Pence’s policies, which Page singled out as encouraging the normalization of homophobia that leads to hate crimes.
The announcement has been greeted with a mounting celebration. GLAAD Director of Transgender Media, Nick Adams, praised Page for being “an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people.” Adams added, “He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are.”
The party moved to Twitter, where Elliot thanked GLAAD and TGI Project (advocating for transgender, gender variant, and intersex people) for their support.
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020
Soon, The Umbrella Academy and Netflix accounts added their voices to the chorus, along with many of Page’s fellow entertainers.
🖤🎻🖤So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!!!
— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) December 1, 2020
So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can't wait to see you return in season 3! 🎻 🖤
— Netflix (@netflix) December 1, 2020
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) December 1, 2020
— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) December 1, 2020
Sending you love and support!
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 1, 2020
Wishing you every blessing and happiness as you begin your new adventure dear Elliot!! How great! X❤️x❤️x❤️
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 1, 2020
Congratulations Elliot. You are an amazing human being. https://t.co/LDzuKGrO8y
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) December 1, 2020
Congrats to Elliot Page. Never met you, don’t know you at all, but you, your compassion, and your bravery have my love and support. 🏳️⚧️ https://t.co/8DB6iG3DCQ
— mark the herald angels sing (@markhoppus) December 1, 2020
I’ve never met Elliot Page, tho I’ve been at events & shyly waved. I’ve been a huge fan ever since “Juno” and – in real life – get nervous around people I adore. So I’ve just enjoyed his work – films & docs – from afar. Next time I’m not only saying hi, I’m saying “Thank you.” ❤️
— Ross Mathews (@helloross) December 1, 2020
Thank you for this, Elliot.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 1, 2020
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) December 1, 2020
— Michael Urie (@michaelurie) December 1, 2020
Profound love and admiration for you @TheElliotPage !! Your strength, bravery and activism – not to mention all the art you contribute to this earth – is truly special. Thank you for being so open about your journey and for fighting so hard to make the world a better place. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/2WLs0eT49v
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 1, 2020
Good morning to Elliot, and Elliot only. 💕💕💕 https://t.co/QLMDyZwkYD
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) December 1, 2020
2020 finally brought some good news, and the year’s not over yet, so hopefully, we’ll see some more.