Since the time Elliot Page took to the gram to come out, he has allowed the world to take a sneak peak into his personal life. In a flash, he became one of the most visible people in the trans community. Trans community gains strength to power through the rough times when they see famous personalities like Page coming out and accepting his gender openly. He chose to use his voice not only to speak out about the “misinformation and lies” deeply embedded in anti-trans legislation making its way through US Congress. “What has happened the most since coming out to people close to me is this massive explosion of creativity,” he told Vanity Fair in a recent interview, adding that he’d been collaborating with friends on screenplays and music.
Thomas Page McBee, a trans journalist, spoke to Page and the two of them discussed their experiences as trans children. “When I was a little kid, absolutely, 100 percent, I was a boy,” said Page, adding that he used to write “fake love letters” and sign them as “Jason.” Continuing he said, “I knew I was a boy when I was a toddler.” When he was told differently by others, Page says it never made sense with who he knew himself to be. “Now I’m finally getting myself back to feeling like who I am, and it’s so beautiful and extraordinary, and there’s a grief to it in a way.”
In the post, he wrote that it felt “remarkable” to pursue his “authentic self” and thanked trans activists who had worked hard to make “this world a more inclusive and compassionate place.”
“My joy is real, but it also fragile,” frowned Page. he added, “The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am scared.” Page finds himself happy but vulnerable. He added: “I am 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.”
“Please don’t rely on news articles that frame this as a ‘trans debate’ or don’t even include perspectives of trans people,” he adds. As Page reconnects with the way he saw himself as a child, he had one message for his past self: “I would tell them that they were 100% real. I would tell myself I was exactly who I saw myself as, and felt as, and knew myself as.”