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In a landmark move for a top Hollywood actor, the performer formerly known as Ellen Page thanked supporters in the trans community for helping him on his journey to “finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer,” wrote the Canadian-born Page, break onto the scene with his pathbreaking performance in the film Juno.
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His statement identifying as trans won swift praise across Hollywood and beyond, with the American LGBTQ charity GLAAD calling Page “remarkable” and “an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people.”
”He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people,” said the group’s director of transgender media Nick Adams. “All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are.”
The actor also appeared in the 2010 science fiction hit “Inception” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, and the 2012 Woody Allen comedy “To Rome with Love.”
Page came out as gay in 2014, quickly become a flagbearer for Hollywood’s LGBTQ community, and married dancer Emma Portner in 2018.
While largely absent from big-budget Hollywood blockbusters since 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Page has repeatedly shrugged off suggestions of being typecast or shunned by Tinseltown.
Page joins a small group of prominent Hollywood transgender figures, alongside “The Matrix” series writer-directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski, “Transparent” creator Joey Soloway and actor Laverne Cox.
(Inputs from AFP)