Elliot Page congratulated by celebrities, co-stars after announcing he’s transgender: ‘Profound love and admiration’

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By Raechal Shewfelt Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

As he introduced himself to the world, actor Elliot Page received lots of love.

The Juno star, formerly known as Ellen Page, announced Tuesday that he is a non-binary, transgender person.

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His wife, Emma Portner, shared Page’s statement to her own page. Portner called her husband’s existence “a gift in and of itself” and added, “Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”

Within a few hours, Page’s name had been changed on Netflix, where he stars in The Umbrella Academy. Variety reported that he would continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves, citing insiders who said there would be no change of gender for the female character.

Six hours after Page’s post on social media, more than 1.6 million people had “liked” his Instagram post. Those with recognizable names cheered him on in the comments.

Even his Netflix show about a family of superheroes congratulated him.

Elliot Page congratulated by celebrities, co-stars after announcing he’s transgender: ‘Profound love and admiration’

(Photo: Instagram)

Several Umbrella Academy cast members expressed their support, too. Justin Min sent him a sweet message, “Welcome to the fam, Elliot.” Meanwhile, Marin Ireland said simply, “I love you Elliot.” David Castaneda kept it even shorter, posting “yes” and star emojis in his retweet of Page’s heartfelt letter.

They weren’t the only ones.

Musicians Tegan and Sara commended Page on his “strength, bravery and activism.”

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres sent well wishes of her own, calling out Page’s “courage and honesty.”

Kat Dennings, Natasha Lyonne, Dan Levy and Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie were among those who sent heart emojis.

GLAAD noted that Page has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community. “Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him,” the advocacy organization said in part.

Here are some of the other welcoming reactions Page received, from Jazz Jennings, Todrick Hall, Jameela Jamil and many more:


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