Speaking in a recent tell-all interview with Oprah, Elliot Page has opened up about his top surgery revealing why he previously decided to share it with people...
And his words have touched with so many people.
Keep scrolling for the emotional interview...
Now, actor Elliot Page has been a prominent figure among LGBTQ+ fans for quite some time now...
And has long been an advocate for the community.
But on December 1st, 2020, he further enriched his legacy.
Page released a statement on social media, coming out as transgender.
In the deeply personal essay, they began:
“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'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," he wrote.
"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 the 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."
He then asked for "patience" as he navigates his new identity.
"My joy is real, but it is also fragile," he wrote, "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."
Of course, fans immediately began praising Page and offering their support...
Tonight we watched the Schitt’s Creek finale documentary and just wept uncontrollable tears. And on this day Elliot… https://t.co/7boR5MsbcB— Christopher Canning (@Christopher Canning)1606877623.0
And it's clear that Page's decision to come out as trans resonated with so many people.
The actor has, of course, kept to himself over the past few months...
And although the news of him filing for divorce from his wife, Emma Portner, hit global headlines earlier this year, the star seems to be living the life he's always dreamed of.
And his first interview since coming out came in March.
In the new cover story for this month's Time magazine, Page opened up about his childhood and coming out as transgender.
"What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia. That's essentially what happened. I felt like a boy. I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday."
The actor then opened up about making the huge decision to undergo top surgery.
He emphasized that being trans isn't all about surgery, but explained that having it "has completely transformed my life."
"We know who we are. People cling to these firm ideas [about gender] because it makes people feel safe. But if we could just celebrate all the wonderful complexities of people, the world would be such a better place," Page said, "It's a complicated journey and an ongoing process.
Although Page's journey has been a long and difficult one...
It seems as if the actor is finally in the place they have always wanted to be in.
Earlier this week, Page sat down for a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The interview is airing on Apple TV and it sees Page discuss his transition as well as trans rights in general.
In particular, Page opened up about why he spoke about his top surgery...
Revealing that "it has changed my life"...
And it's left people feeling very emotional.
i'm so proud of him ??— ?maria ?? (@nevermoreill) April 29, 2021
Aw how amazing ??. This will help so many more individuals ??— L E A N N E (@leanneyoung2530) April 29, 2021
Very proud and very happy for him! ??— Jannik but he‘s a hummusexual (@JannikBartholo1) April 29, 2021
Very happy for him!— STPHN ?? (@stphnfllws) April 29, 2021
The tears of joy and relief, you can see it in his face.— AllianceLGBwiththeT (@LGBwiththeT) April 29, 2021
So much weight off his shoulders, and the freedom he must now feel.
Im so happy for him ??????????????
today is a good day to remind everyone that i love elliot page and seeing them talk about his top surgery made me cry good day— agathe?? - nsfr (cussing) (@aIwayslou_) April 30, 2021
Page firstly noted the differences he felt since publicly addressing that he was trans.
The actor noted that they are now more comfortable within themself and commented that "the most significant difference is that I'm really able to just exist."
They also noted that they now feel "present."
As the interview continued, Page discussed his work and how things have changed.
They noted that because they feel more comfortable, it may impact their acting work; while noting that he wasn't sure exactly how their work would be different in the future.
On the back of discussions about creativity, Page commented that transphobia blocks creative outlets for people:
"Transphobia in our society shuts so many people out. Think of all the individuals that don't get a chance to thrive, that don't get a chance to have a future, that don't get a chance to share their magic with us."
Later in the interview, he moved on to talk about opening up about his top surgery.
"I wanted to talk about it for a couple of reasons," Page explained.
"I wanted to share with people just how much it has changed my life. And I want people to know that not only has it been life changing for me, I do believe it is life saving and it's the case for so many people..."
"And because there is such an attack on trans health care right now, when already there is such a lack of access or trans people who don't even want to go to the doctor."
Touching on current voting on legislation where some lawmakers are seeking to ban transgender youth from playing sports that match their gender identity, Page said: "If you are going to do this, and if you are also not going to allow trans kids to play sports, children will die."
"And it really is that simple."
You can watch part of Page's Oprah interview below:
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