Elliot Page has opened up about how “grateful” he’s for his life, after present process gender-affirming surgery.
The 36-year-old actor, who got here out as transgender in 2020, spoke candidly about his relationship along with his identification throughout a current interview withPeople, forward of the discharge of his new memoir, Pageboy. He famous that whereas he’s a member of the transgender group, he is aware of that he doesn’t essentially have the identical private experiences as different people who find themselves trans.
“My experience as a trans person and this life I have, and the privilege I have does not represent the reality of most trans lives,” he mentioned.
The Juno star went on to acknowledge how essential it’s for the transgender group to be represented. He additionally described among the public scrutiny that transgender individuals have continued to face over time.
“I think it’s crucial, I think we need to feel represented and see ourselves, you know, that’s not something I had like as a kid,” he mentioned. “The reality is, trans people disproportionately are unemployed, disproportionately experience homelessness. Trans women of colour are being murdered. People are losing their healthcare or couldn’t access.”
Page famous that whereas he’s confronted his personal challenges, since popping out as transgender, he nonetheless has plenty of gratitude for the place he’s at in his life now.
“There’s obviously been very difficult moments. I do feel like I kind of barely made it in many ways,” he mentioned. “But today, I’m just me and grateful to be here and alive and taking one step at a time.”
Earlier this month, Page additionally shared a robust message about gratitude on Instagram, as he shared a shirtless photograph baring his chest scars. In the caption, he opened up about past feelings of dysphoria and the “joy” he feels after undergoing gender-affirming surgery.
“Dysphoria used to be especially rife in the summer. No layers, just a T-shirt – or layers and oh so sweaty – constantly looking down, readjusting my oversized T,” he wrote. “It feels so f’ing good soaking in the sun now, I never thought I could experience this, the joy I feel in my body. I am so grateful for what gender-affirming care has allowed me and I look forward to sharing more of my journey soon.”
Page publicly came out as transgender in December 2020, with an announcement on Instagram that learn: “Hi friends. I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot.”
Since then, the Umbrella Academy star has been open with followers about his transition journey, as he revealed in April 2021 that he underwent a “life-saving” top surgery, a process for transgender males to take away breast tissue.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey on the time, Page described how a lot happier he felt after the surgical procedure, and expressed how essential it’s to help well being take care of transgender individuals.
“I want people to know that not only has it been life changing for me, I do believe it is life-saving and it’s the case for so many people,” he mentioned.
He added that the surgical procedure has given him newfound vitality “because it is such a freeing, freeing experience.”
“This is incredibly new. I feel like I haven’t gotten to be myself since I was 10 years old,” he mentioned.
During his current interview with People, he additionally shared an excerpt of the primary chapter in his guide. In the chapter, he mirrored on how he felt about his identification earlier than the discharge of his 2007 film, Juno.
To the publication, he additionally defined how different memoirs provided him “inspiration”, earlier than reflecting on what got here to thoughts when writing the memoir.
“I think this period of not just hate, of course, but misinformation or just blatant lies about LGTBQ+ lives, about our healthcare, it felt like the right time,” he mentioned about writing his guide. “Trans and queer stories are so often picked apart, or worse, universalized. So the first chapter of Pageboy…I just sat down, and it came out and I just didn’t stop. I just kept writing.”
Page’s memoir, Pageboy, is due for release on 6 June 2023.