"I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self."
Introducing Elliot Page.
Page, who has starred in "Juno," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and is currently on "The Umbrella Academy," came out as transgender and non-binary on Tuesday, meaning their gender identity is neither man nor woman.
"Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
"I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey," he continued. "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. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society."
While a "joyous" moment for Page, he also acknowledged he's "scared" of what's to come for him after coming out.
"I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence," he said. "The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences."
After pointing out the horrifying murder statistics in the trans community -- especially for Black and Latinx trans women -- Page issued a message to politicians who have used their platforms to rally against the community, telling them they "have blood" on their hands.
"You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community," he added, also pointing out the community's high suicide rates. "We won't be silent in the face of your attacks."
"I love that I am trans. 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," he concluded. "To all 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."
On her own page, Elliot's wife Emma Portner wrote, "I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot's existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much."
Portner also left a comment on Elliot's post, writing, "love you so much elliot." He replied to her with a series of heart emojis.
In a statement, GLADD's Director of Transgender Media, Nick Adams, added, "Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. 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. We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today.”
After coming out, Page's mentions on Twitter were flooded with congratulatory messages from fans, celebrities and the official handles for both Netflix and The Umbrella Academy.
Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.
Elliot Page’s words here are so beautiful and so eloquent, and he is reminding me that we can all be brave and joyful, even when things are scary. And this year especially, that reminder is such a GIFT. Sending them love/praise/gratitude/well-wishes etc etc etc etc ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/BX6DRXHzmz
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.” ❤️
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
His Instagram comments were also filled with similar comments.
"Elliot rules!" wrote Miley Cyrus. Instagram's official handle added, "Hello Elliot and thank you for using your voice and sharing your story."
Kate Mara and Kate Moennig left heart emojis, while Nyle DiMarco also wrote, "You're loved."
"Sending you ALL the love and support Elliot!" added "X-Men" costar Anna Paquin, who followed that up with another post reading, "And just to save some time to EVERYONE who is being hateful/transphobic/homophobic YOU CAN ALL F--K OFF. Elliot is a F--king warrior and treasure of a human being."
His "Umbrella Academy" costars also sent their messages of support. Tom Hopper said, "Elliot, I'm so proud of you, and even prouder to call you family. All the love," while Justin Min told him, "welcome to the fam, elliot." Marin Ireland, Vanya's love interest on the second season, added, "I love you Elliot."
David Castañeda retweeted his post and added, "Yes," while Emmy Raver-Lampman shared Elliot's post to her Instagram Story and wrote, "I love you @ElliotPage to the moon and beyond."
"Juno" director Jason Reitman also commented, "WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!"