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Congrats are in order to the artist formerly known as Ellen Page, who has come out as trans. The actor, who has starred in Juno, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Tales of the City, and the hit Netflix series The Umbrella Academy took to Twitter to announce the news.

“Hi friends,” Page wrote. “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.”

“I also ask for patience,” he continued. “My 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. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of violence.”

What I loved about the post is that he went on to highlight that trans women of color are disproportionately at a higher risk of violence, even murder.

“The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women,” he wrote. Page also lashed out at political leaders who continue to demonize transgender people and threaten their rights.

“I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks,” he said.

Elliot’s IMDB page has already been updated, and if you’re wondering if Elliot’s transition will affect his role on The Umbrella Academy, it won’t. Elliot will continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves on the hit series. I know it’s a little difficult to comprehend, but trans actors (or actors in general) can portray characters outside of who they are in real life. That’s why they’re called actors.

Once again, congratulations Elliot. — Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020
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