Film star previously known as Ellen Page comes out as transgender and changes name to Elliot
The actor formerly known as Ellen Page has announced that he is transgender and now goes by the name of Elliot.
The star, known for starring in hit films Juno and Inception, posted a lengthy statement on Twitter.
It read: “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,” the statement added.
“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.”
Following the announcement the actor changed his name on Twitter and quickly received an outpouring of support from fellow performers such as Mia Farrow and Patricia Arquette, as well as thousands of fans.
Page, 33, said that his “joy is real, but it is also fragile”.
“The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared,” he said.
“I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of violence.
“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.”
Addressing the trans community, Page said he will “do everything I can to change this world for the better”.
Page, who is married to choreographer Emma Portner, added: “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.”
The actor, who has frequently spoken out about LGBT issues, signed the letter off by saying: “All my love, Elliot.”
Commenting on Page’s post, Portner wrote: “Love you so much Elliot.”