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Ellen DeGeneres Praises Elliot Page for His Strength After Coming Out as Transgender

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 02, 2020
09:21 A.M.

The actress known as Ellen Page came out as transgender this week with a touching social media post. He’s since gotten support from several celebrities including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

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Ellen Page, 33, came out as transgender on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The star wrote a lengthy post on her Instagram and Twitter accounts to make the announcement that he wanted to be known as Elliot Page.

He also revealed that his preferred pronouns going forward were he/him and they/them. The “Juno” actor received an outpouring of love and support from fellow celebrities and fans alike.

Ellen DeGeneres performs at a taping of ''Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show'' during The Comedy Festival on November 20, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Ellen DeGeneres performs at a taping of ''Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show'' during The Comedy Festival on November 20, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” host, who happens to be lesbian, penned a quick message of support for Page. On her Twitter account, Ellen DeGeneres, 62, wrote that she was:

“Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage.”

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Page also changed all his social media accounts to reflect his new name. DeGeneres’ message of support continued with her sharing what she thought of the actor’s announcement writing:

“You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.”

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“The Umbrella Academy” star also received words of encouragement from Indie-pop musicians Tegan and Sara, actress Anna Kendrick, Mia Farrow, James Gunn, and more. He also got some support from celebrities who are part of the LGBTIQ+ community.

In general, most people appeared to be quite supportive with a few showing off their transphobia

Stars like queer singer Miley Cyrus, gender fluid Ruby Rose, and bisexual actress Anna Paquin all showed Page love. Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” also replied to the star’s coming out tweet.

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The account shared its pride for Page and called him a superhero before sending their love using his new name. He even got some love from his co-stars on the show, David Castaneda and Marin Ireland.

In general, most people appeared to be quite supportive with a few showing off their transphobia. The actor is married to professional dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, 26.

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Portner started dancing from the age of 3. In 2014, she was named the Young Choreographer of the Year by the American Dance Awards and she also had a top placement at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards.

Page’s wife is listed as a contemporary jazz teacher for New York’s Broadway Dance Center. When she isn’t teaching she dances on film, and recently choreographed and performed for indie artist Blood Orange.

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