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December 22, 2020

Elliot Page Thanks Fans for Love and Support after Coming Out as Transgender

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Actor, Elliot Page has thanked fans for the immense support he's received after announcing he's transgender on December 1st. Calling it the 'greatest gift', Page encouraged the support of the transgender community.

The star of Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy", Elliot Page (formerly Ellen Page)  has thanked his fans for standing by his side as a transgender person. He further asked for continued support towards organizations assisting transgender people. 

In his Instagram post, Page maintains a very understated look wearing a navy blue shirt, buttoned up all the way to the neck, covered by a black hoodie. He's also got a pair of spectacles on. 

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Prior to the post, Page penned an open letter on Instagram this past December 1st.  His wife of three years, Emma Portner, was among the many encouraging voices applauding him, as he wrote:

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"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." 

Stars including Alyssa Milano, Olivia Munn, and Anna Kendrick have publicly added their messages of support. Ellen Degeneres commented she was encouraged by Page's fearlessness and his principles.   

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Page and Portner tied the knot in 2018, following Page coming out as a lesbian in 2014. The couple is constantly expressing their love and devotion for each other through their social media platforms.  

The star of "Juno" also highlighted the Black and Latinx transgender community who are among the most vulnerable.

Portner - who has been dancing since she was 3 - was born in Canada, and once appeared in Justine Bieber's "Life Is Worth Living" video in 2015.

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The star of "Juno" (for which he received an Oscar nomination) also highlighted the Black and Latinx transgender community who are among the most vulnerable, by referencing 40 murders of transgender folks this year alone. He wrote: 

"The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences."  

He also called out anyone who has contributed towards hate speech directed at the trans community, adding that this was hurtful to millions of trans men and women.

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Page joins a list of other transgender Hollywood stars including "Orange Is The New Black's" Laverne Cox, Tracy Lysette who appeared in Amazon's "Transparent", and Brian Michael Smith of "9-1-1: Lone Star" fame. 

His letter also drew praise from the GLAAD's Director of Transgender Media, Nick Adams who mentioned that all transgender people deserve acceptance for who they are.  

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Page concluded his letter by expressing the joy he now feels in being able to love his authentic self. He attributed this to, in part, the inspiration he has taken from others in the trans community.  

He has also pledged, as part of his duty, to ensure that he continues to throw his support as a way to build a more inclusive society.

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