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Elliot Page Tells Oprah Why It Was ‘Imperative’ To Come Out As Trans After Transition

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Elliot Page Tells Oprah Why It Was ‘Imperative’ To Come Out As Trans After Transition

Elliot Page told Oprah Winfrey the real reasons he publicly came out as a transgender man in his first TV interview since transitioning. The ‘Juno’ star knew he was a boy even as ‘a toddler.’

For Elliot Page, it was “imperative” to post that letter in which he came out as a transgender man in Dec. 2020. The 34-yer-old Juno star admitted this in a sneak peek for his April 30 interview with Oprah Winfrey, who asked Elliot what led up to making the announcement about his transition in Dec. 2020. Elliot clarified that he was “expressing this to people in [his] life” for a long time, but he had one big reason for finally breaking the news about his gender identity to the world.

“For me, I think is in this time we’re in right now and especially with this horrible backlash we’re seeing towards trans people, particularly trans youth, it really felt imperative to do so,” Elliot revealed. And on a personal side, Elliot recalled feeling “closeted for so long” before coming out as gay right before his 27th birthday — to the point where he said, “I had pretty much never even touched someone outside who I was in love with.”

Elliott did not ever want to feel the need to hide himself to that extent ever again. “I think any sensation of feeling that again, there was just no way I could do it,” Elliot admitted, who added that he came out as trans to the public because “it felt important and selfish for myself and my own well-being and my mental health.”

From the time he was a child, Elliot knew that he was a boy. “All trans people are so different, and my story’s absolutely just my story. But yes, when I was a little kid, absolutely, 100%, I was a boy,” he also told Vanity Fair (which obtained the preview of his interview with Oprah) for an interview published on April 28. The Inception star revealed that he knew he was a boy as far back when he “was a toddler.”

“I was writing fake love letters and signing them ‘Jason.’ Every little aspect of my life, that is who I was, who I am, and who I knew myself to be,” Elliott told Thomas Page McBee, who is a trans journalist. The Umbrella Academy star was not met with understanding, sadly. “I just couldn’t understand when I’d be told, ‘No, you’re not. No, you can’t be that when you’re older.’ You feel it,” Elliott said.

“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,” Elliott admitted. Now that the actor has made his transition in front of the world, he was asked this: “If you could go back and say something to yourself as a child, or to a trans kid today, what would you say?”

“I would tell them that they were 100% real. I would tell myself I was exactly who I saw myself as, and felt myself as, and knew myself as,” Elliott told the Vanity Fair journalist. Elliot will be further discussing his experience as a transgender man — and the horrifying discrimination transgender people are facing — in his sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will air on April 30.

A preview of Elliot Page’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. [Instagram/@elliotpage]

“It was something I needed to sit with for a moment, because the backlash right now is so intense. But the rhetoric coming from anti-trans activists and anti-LGBTQ activists—it’s devastating,” Elliot said while explaining his decision to speak with Oprah. He added, “These bills are going to be responsible for the death of children. It is that simple. So [talking to Oprah] felt like an opportunity to use a wide-reaching platform to speak from my heart about some of my experience and the resources I’ve been able to access—whether therapy or surgery—that have allowed me to be alive, to live my life.”

For more context on the bills Elliot was speaking out against, “five states have passed laws or implemented executive orders this year limiting the ability of transgender youths to play sports or receive certain medical treatment,” AP News reported on April 27. Elliot encouraged fans to check out the “National Center for Transgender Equality and Transathlete” websites to learn how to help.

Elliot’s interview with Vanity Fair arrives after he announced “I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot” in an Instagram post shared in Dec. 2020. Then, in March of 2021, Elliot revealed that he had underwent top surgery (a procedure that removes breast tissue). “It has completely transformed my life,” Elliot told Time for his cover story, telling the magazine how “uncomfortable” he felt in his body before.

Elliot Page gives 1st interview since sharing transgender identity

Elliot Page gives 1st interview since sharing transgender identity

Page explained to Time Magazine that he felt a responsibility to share his truth as people spread ‘myths and damaging rhetoric’ about transgender people.

WASHINGTON — In his first interview since announcing he is transgender, Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page is opening up about the past few months, his career, and his continued push for transgender rights.
In Dec. 2020, Page shared that he is transgender. In his first interview since then, the “Umbrella Academy” star told Time Magazine the reaction was about what he expected overall, but he didn’t anticipate just how big of a news story it would become.  
“What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia,” Page told Time. “That’s essentially what happened.”
Since December, Page has remained mostly quiet on social media but has been advocating for the ACLU and other groups fighting anti-trans legislation around the country. 
Last week, Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill banning transgender athletes from competing on girls, or women’s sports teams. Mississippi was the first state this year to enact such a ban, with more than 20 states considering similar bills.    
“With deep respect for those who came before me, gratitude for those who have supported me & great concern for the generation of trans youth we must all protect, please join me and decry anti-trans legislation, hate & discrimination in all its forms,” Page tweeted on Tuesday. 
He told Time coming out as trans was, on one level just for him, so he could live and be who he truly is, but Page explained he also felt a responsibility to share his truth.  
“Extremely influential people are spreading these myths and damaging rhetoric—every day you’re seeing our existence debated,” Page said to Time. “Transgender people are so very real.”
“My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can,” Page told Time.
As for his career, Page is now filming the third season of The Umbrella Academy. “It’s going to be an adjustment,” Page told Time, as people accidentally use the wrong pronouns. However, Page told TIME coworkers also see an acknowledge him.
According to the Hill, Page is the first openly transgender man to appear on Time’s cover. 
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