The famous actor talks about coming out as a trans man and how it is to be trans in 2021, in his recent interview with Oprah.
In December 2020, Elliot Page came out as transgender, and now he talks about his experience in his first interview ever since. He just underwent a “life-changing” top surgery and he says that for the first time in his life he feels comfortable in his body. “It’s being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body — for the, probably the first time [and feel a] newfound energy because it is such a freeing, freeing experience” he explains.
Watch his coming out letter on YouTube
He uses his voice to express the feelings and concerns many transgender people have. It is known, sadly, that trans people face discrimination in many aspects of their lives, backed up by legislation creating a hostile feeling against them. In 2020 and 2021, legislators have introduced over 75 bills that specifically target trans youth in the USA. Those bills include their access to health care and school activities. One would expect that our society would be developed enough to include all people in life but alas… that is far from reality.
Elliot says “There is such an attack on trans healthcare right now when already there’s such lack of access” highlighting the limits trans people face in crucial and important matters.
Moreover, Page discusses his experience when he was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars, for his starring role in the 2008 film Juno. He says that it was very hard for him because he had to be appearing in dresses and high heels in premieres all over the world. That experience was so stressful for him that he was going through several panic attacks and he eventually collapsed.
Having in mind Elliot Page’s experience and his words, makes us wonder and at the same time realize what other trans people go through. We root for a different world where oppression has no place and where everybody gets to be who they want.
You can stream his full interview on Apple TV+
Words by: Vasiliki Roussou