Ellen DeGeneres supports Elliot Page… as stars praise actor for bravely coming out as transgender


Fans, family, friends and fellow stars voiced their support for actor Elliot Page after he came out as transgender in a powerfully worded statement online Tuesday.

Hollywood’s most prominent LGBTQ figures commended Page’s ‘bravery’, with Ellen DeGeneres saying she was inspired by the Juno star’s ‘strength, courage and honesty’.

Ellen wrote: ‘Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.’ 

The Oscar-nominated talent, 33, took to social media to share his transition with the world, telling the public: ‘I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.’

Community of support: Support poured in for Elliot Page after he came out as transgender in a powerful statement on Tuesday. He’s seen in 2019 above

Lots of love: Ellen DeGeneres said she was inspired by the Juno star's 'strength, courage and honesty'

Lots of love: Ellen DeGeneres said she was inspired by the Juno star’s ‘strength, courage and honesty’

Musical duo Tegan And Sara retweeted Elliot’s announcement, saying: ‘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.’

Anna Kendrick remarked on Elliot’s eloquence, saying: ‘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 ❤️❤️❤️’

Mia Farrow, revered actress and mother of journalist Ronan Farrow, wrote: ‘Wishing you every blessing and happiness as you begin your new adventure dear Elliot!! How great!’

James Gunn, who directed Page in the 2010 film Super, told the star: ‘Elliot, I love you, am proud of you, and admire you. Please keep being a beacon of courage, compassion, and strength for all of us.’ 

Thoughtful: The host shared her support soon after Elliot's statement

Thoughtful: The host shared her support soon after Elliot’s statement

Love: Musical duo Tegan And Sara retweeted Elliot's announcement, saying: 'Profound love and admiration for you @TheElliotPage!!'

Love: Musical duo Tegan And Sara retweeted Elliot’s announcement, saying: ‘Profound love and admiration for you @TheElliotPage!!’

Support: Anna Kendrick remarked on Elliot's eloquence, saying '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'

Support: Anna Kendrick remarked on Elliot’s eloquence, saying ‘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’

Ally: Patricia Arquette has been a vocal supporter of trans rights, especially since the death of sister Alexis in 2016

Ally: Patricia Arquette has been a vocal supporter of trans rights, especially since the death of sister Alexis in 2016

Courage: James Gunn, who directed Page in the 2010 film Super, told the star: 'Elliot, I love you, am proud of you, and admire you. Please keep being a beacon of courage, compassion, and strength for all of us'

Courage: James Gunn, who directed Page in the 2010 film Super, told the star: ‘Elliot, I love you, am proud of you, and admire you. Please keep being a beacon of courage, compassion, and strength for all of us’

Hearts: Ruby Rose, who identifies as gender fluid, shared a string of lovey emojis in the comment section, along with the message: 'Love love love you x'

Hearts: Ruby Rose, who identifies as gender fluid, shared a string of lovey emojis in the comment section, along with the message: ‘Love love love you x’

Yes! Queer songstress Miley Cyrus used the comments section as her platform, simply saying: 'Elliot rules!'

Yes! Queer songstress Miley Cyrus used the comments section as her platform, simply saying: ‘Elliot rules!’

On Instagram the support was just as enthusiastic.

Queer songstress Miley Cyrus used the comments section as her platform, simply saying: ‘Elliot rules!’

Ruby Rose, who identifies as gender fluid, shared a string of lovey emojis in the comment section, along with the message: ‘Love love love you x.’

Actress Anna Paquin, who came out as bisexual in 2010, was straightforward in her support, writing: ‘Sending you ALL the love and support Elliot!’

Full of affection: Actress Anna Paquin, who came out as bisexual in 2010, was straightforward in her support, writing 'Sending you ALL the love and support Elliot!'

Full of affection: Actress Anna Paquin, who came out as bisexual in 2010, was straightforward in her support, writing ‘Sending you ALL the love and support Elliot!’

Admiration: Lena Dunham told Page: 'You are so loved and admired Elliot'

Admiration: Lena Dunham told Page: ‘You are so loved and admired Elliot’

New adventure: Mia Farrow, revered actress and mother of journalist Ronan Farrow, wrote 'Wishing you every blessing and happiness as you begin your new adventure dear Elliot!! How great!'

New adventure: Mia Farrow, revered actress and mother of journalist Ronan Farrow, wrote ‘Wishing you every blessing and happiness as you begin your new adventure dear Elliot!! How great!’

She got heated in a follow-up comment addressing haters, telling trolls: ‘And just to save some time to EVERYONE who is being hateful/transphobic/homophobic YOU CAN ALL F*** OFF. Elliot is a F***ing warrior and treasure of a human being.’

Oscar winner Patricia Arquette wrote: ‘Sending you love and support!’ Arquette has been a vocal supporter of trans rights, especially since the death of sister Alexis in 2016.

Lena Dunham told Page: ‘You are so loved and admired Elliot.’

Comic Ilana Glazer said: ‘So happy for and inspired by you, Elliot. And motivated by your complex contextualizing. Excellence exemplified, king.’ 

Happiness: Julianne Moore shared 'I love you Elliot and I'm so happy for you' with a heart

Happiness: Julianne Moore shared ‘I love you Elliot and I’m so happy for you’ with a heart

Activist: Trans activist and journalist Raquel Willis told Elliot 'Your heart has always been big and you've used your platform to show up for the entire community for years. Thanks for the gift of your truth!'

Activist: Trans activist and journalist Raquel Willis told Elliot ‘Your heart has always been big and you’ve used your platform to show up for the entire community for years. Thanks for the gift of your truth!’

Fan: Kumail Nanjiani sent his support as a fan, replying ' I've been a fan of Elliot's for a very long time and am excited to see him continue his fantastic work in the years to come'

Fan: Kumail Nanjiani sent his support as a fan, replying ‘ I’ve been a fan of Elliot’s for a very long time and am excited to see him continue his fantastic work in the years to come’

Kumail Nanjiani sent his support as a fan, replying: ‘ I’ve been a fan of Elliot’s for a very long time and am excited to see him continue his fantastic work in the years to come.’

Julianne Moore shared: ‘I love you Elliot and I’m so happy for you’ with a heart.

Juno director Jason Reitman said: ‘WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!’

Pose star and fellow trans talent Indya Moore was brief, saying: ‘Love you Elliot!!’

Songwriter Kimya Dawson, formerly of The Moldy Peaches, voiced support from her and her daughter, writing: ‘Panda and I love you so much.’

Peer: Pose star and fellow trans talent Indya Moore was brief, saying: 'Love you Elliot!!'

Peer: Pose star and fellow trans talent Indya Moore was brief, saying: ‘Love you Elliot!!’

Longtime friend: Juno director Jason Reitman said: 'WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!'

Longtime friend: Juno director Jason Reitman said: ‘WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!’

Pouring in: Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mara, Laura Linney, The L Word's Kate Moennig, Abbi Jacobson of Broad City, Taissa Farmiga, actress and podcaster Sara Ramos, and JD Samson of the band Le Tigre all demonstrated their support through affectionate emojis

Pouring in: Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mara, Laura Linney, The L Word’s Kate Moennig, Abbi Jacobson of Broad City, Taissa Farmiga, actress and podcaster Sara Ramos, and JD Samson of the band Le Tigre all demonstrated their support through affectionate emojis

Trans activist and journalist Raquel Willis told Elliot: ‘Your heart has always been big and you’ve used your platform to show up for the entire community for years. Thanks for the gift of your truth!’

Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mara, Laura Linney, The L Word’s Kate Moennig, Abbi Jacobson of Broad City, Taissa Farmiga, actress and podcaster Sara Ramos, and JD Samson of the band Le Tigre all demonstrated their support through affectionate emojis.

Page – who has been married to dancer Emma Portner, 26, since 2018 – took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional statement with his revelation, writing: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.

Important: Page - who has been married to dancer Emma Portner, 26, since 2018 - took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share 'Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot'

Important: Page – who has been married to dancer Emma Portner, 26, since 2018 – took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share ‘Hi friends, 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': The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation

‘I feel lucky to be writing this’: The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation

Changes: As well as releasing his statement, Elliot also updated his social media accounts, changing his usernames, and adding a new profile picture (above) to his Twitter and Instagram

Changes: As well as releasing his statement, Elliot also updated his social media accounts, changing his usernames, and adding a new profile picture (above) to his Twitter and Instagram

Emotional: Elliot's wife Emma took to Instagram shortly after the actor shared his statement to offer public words of support, writing 'Shine on sweet E. Love you so much'

Emotional: Elliot’s wife Emma took to Instagram shortly after the actor shared his statement to offer public words of support, writing ‘Shine on sweet E. Love you so much’

Elliot Page’s statement in full  

Hi friends, 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 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. 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. 

I also ask for patience. 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. 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. 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. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being ‘cancelled’, you are hurting people. I am one of those people and 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. 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 to change this world for the better. 

Thank you for reading this. 

All my love, 

Elliot 

‘I feel lucky to be writing this. To have arrived at this place in my life.’ 

Elliot, who received an Oscar nod for his role in the hit 2008 movie Juno, asked his followers and fans for ‘patience’, admitting that he is ‘scared’ of the ‘invasiveness, the hate, the jokes, and of the violence’ that he may face moving forward. 

‘My job is real, but it is also fragile,’ the actor said, adding: ‘The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared.’

Elliot, who is currently due to begin filming the third season of Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy in February, also unveiled changes to his official social media accounts, posting on Twitter under the username @TheElliotPage, and on Instagram as @elliotpage. 

He thanked his loved ones for their support through his journey, expressing his ‘overwhelming gratitude’ for helping him to reach a stage where he felt comfortable to ‘pursue his authentic self’. 

Shortly after the actor posted the statement, his wife Emma voiced her public support for him on Instagram, while reiterating her partner’s plea for patience. 

‘I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world,’ Emma wrote

‘I also ask for patience & privacy [and] 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.’ 

She also commented on Elliot’s Instagram post, writing: ‘Love you so much elliot.’  

Elliot’s decision to publicly reveal he is transgender comes almost three years after the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony, having only been dating publicly for six months. 

Prior to their relationship, Juno star Elliot had been linked to several different partners, both male and female, including Big Little Lies star Alexander Skarsgård and actress Shailene Woodley – although their romance was never confirmed.

He also dated artist Samantha Thomas for 18 months, with the couple splitting just months before Elliot tied the knot with Emma. 

Elliot came out publicly as gay in 2014 in an emotional speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference for LGTBQ youth. 

In the speech, the actor shared that he hoped his news would help others struggling with their sexuality, saying: ‘I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference.’ 

Prior to transition, Page was one of the most visible out gay actors in Hollywood; his latest announcement further enriches his legacy, and adds him to a small but growing number of trans creators and stars who have made the decision to come out publicly, including performers like Laverne Cox, Trace Lysette, and Brian Michael Smith, and creators including The Wachowski Sisters.

Speaking out: Elliot (pictured in November 2019) publicly came out as gay in 2014 while speaking at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference for LGTBQ youth

Speaking out: Elliot (pictured in November 2019) publicly came out as gay in 2014 while speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference for LGTBQ youth

Breakthrough: Elliot first became a household name after starring as a pregnant teenager in the hit 2007 movie Juno, for which he earned an Oscar nomination

Breakthrough: Elliot first became a household name after starring as a pregnant teenager in the hit 2007 movie Juno, for which he earned an Oscar nomination 

Looking ahead: The actor is preparing to begin filming for the third season of Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy, and insiders have revealed he will continue to play female violinist Vanya

Looking ahead: The actor is preparing to begin filming for the third season of Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy, and insiders have revealed he will continue to play female violinist Vanya

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