Elliot Page was surprised by the reaction to his transition: “Transphobia is just so, so, so extreme”

Elliot Page found great joy in being himself.

Umbrella Academy The actor and transgender lawyer (35) talks about his transition and finally comforts in his own skin in a new interview that kicks off Pride Month. He is also honest about being harassed for being a transgender, and how the transphobic jokes of famous comedians breed hatred.

“What did I learn by the transition?” Page asks in the opening story about Dear Mr.Issue from the summer of 2022. “I can’t overestimate the greatest joy of really seeing myself. I know I look different from others, but I’m just starting to look like me. It’s indescribable because I’m just like: Here I am … And thank God I’m here So the greatest joy is when I can feel the presence … Going out in a group of new people and being able to get involved in a way where I didn’t feel this constant feeling Escape from my body, this endless feeling of anxiety, nervousness and desires out. When I say I could never imagine feeling that way, I mean it with every sense. “

Oscar nominated star Juno he did not expect the response to his transition, announced in 2020, “to be so great”. However, he expected his quality to be loving and supportive as well as cruel, and that happened.

“I came out as gay in 2014 and it’s different. Transphobia is just so, so, so extreme,” he said. “Hatred and cruelty are much more continuous.”

He remembered the big man shouting at him menacingly in LA Street, to name just one terrifying and hateful interaction.

“”Damn it! Do not look at me! Damn, damn it! “He remembered the stranger.” I couldn’t even go … I don’t look at you. “… I decided in my brain – because he was so tall – that there was nothing I could do physically. If I said something, he could repay it. If I turned around, it could trigger something else. So I thought: I’ll have to bet I’ll stand still and stare right in front of me.

As he did so, the man continued to shout the curse and then threatened, “‘I’ll kill you, you fucking fuck! … I’ll fuck you!’ So I ran — I was alone — I ran into the supermarket, and when I opened the door, he shouted, ‘That’s why I need a gun!’ “He added,” Yeah, I don’t think people really do. “

Page said that people who don’t really understand include members of his own community, the entertainment industry. Comedians Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais advocated transposition jokes in their Netflix specials with the continued support of Ted Sarandos, co-executive director of streaming services.

“Why do people make it hard? It really breaks my heart. It.” really will break mine heart. That’s literally all we’re trying to say, “Page said.” That’s so funny to me. When people say, ‘Cancel it.’ “Cancel it.” No, they get four more comedy specials and they have a million followers! The people who have been abolished are trans people who are suffering, killing or being murdered. “

Page, who last year, as the star of the streaming service, publicly supported the departure of Netflix employees due to Chappell’s transpobic jokes. Umbrella Academy, He said: “Jokes have an impact that hurts people. I understand that people may think not. I understand they don’t mean that. But … That’s not a joke. You believe what you say … They believe it. Obviously not a joke. And all we are saying is: Can you please listen to me and understand the damage it is doing? … It is literally everything we try to say. And then we are flooded with hatred for saying that. But I apologize: you there are those who do not want to converse. you there are those who are so sensitive who can’t handle when people say, ‘Look, you can’t do that?’ “

Transphobia is far away and polluting comments are emerging from politicians and leaders, he continued.

“Everything that is said about us is exactly the same as *** about the LGB people: ‘Pedophiles, the mentally ill, should be allowed to enter the locker rooms.” It’s the same … But politicians say, “Oh, hell! This works!” And that’s scary. “

He continued: “There are people in elected positions who say that transgender people are basically responsible for the end of their lives. That level of rhetoric is really alarming and terrible. It’s also endless misinformation – and people are buying it. The idea that gender is a binary concept specifically based on the genitals is a very new idea in relation to human history. We have existed in every culture throughout history! People do not learn this reality. They forbid children to learn it. Everything is tactical. “

Page “may have a deep connection” to the alarming problem of suicide among trans people.

“And not only to the very conscious, direct act that I did, but also to certain times when I lost so much weight or when I had such severe panic attacks and collapsed several times – all these things that they could very easily and statistically do, lead to death, “he said.” And all this is a manifestation of the trauma and discomfort that is a disproportionate problem for transgender people.

“There were times when I didn’t want to be here, but it was just the feeling I had left. It wasn’t a move to action – except for the ways I tortured my body, of course. I looked out the window of my apartment and thought: When everything is happening right now and how incredible it all is, this how I feel? And I’m 22? It was like, I don’t know if I could do it. “

Page said people still don’t understand how difficult it was for him, and pointed to a period after his groundbreaking role in 2007. Juno but before his transition, when he was expected to parade on red carpets in clothes during the awards season.

“Oh, hell, you’re famous and you have money and you had to wear a dress, bu-hoo,” he said of the criticism he’d heard in past reflections on this painful time. I do not No understand the reaction. But it mixes with: I wish people would understand that she almost literally killed me. I must have had a lot of devilish conversations with cis people who were like, ‘Well, I’m not a trance and I could wear a skirt!’ And it’s like, fine. Good. Great. So yeah, in my early to mid twenties, I didn’t know how to tell people how sick I was. I would curse myself for that. “

When filming in 2010 Beginningthings got so bad he didn’t practically leave his hotel.

“I struggled with food. Intense depression, anxiety, severe panic attacks,” he said. “I couldn’t work. There were days when I only had one meeting and I left the house to go to a meeting and I had to turn around. The inability to go through the script – it couldn’t” when reading was one of his favorite things.

So today, despite the challenges the trans community faces, it delights in simply being … it.

“I thought it was impossible how I could feel now,” he admitted in his lifelong struggle to make him feel normal in his body.

The Dear Mr. The photo shoot shared a series of fashionable looks, including shirtless photos showing his abdominal muscles and some of his tattoos (many friend names: Catherine Keener, Kristen Wiig, Spike Jonze).

“I’ve never practiced more in my life,” Page admitted. “Exercise has always seemed like a puzzle to me because it wasn’t good. I went hiking and hiking, but that was it. The experience of being in my body is so different now,” because he had what he used to call ‘life’. -Economical “top operation.” I’m absolutely thrilled. The feeling that I am really biased, present, I push it and I strengthen and gain weight. It’s exciting. I feel like a child doing that. “

And even when she models suits, it’s just the simpler styles that make her feel best in her skin. He told him “euphoria,” it’s “summer, it’s hot outside and I’m just in a white T-shirt that fits me, I’m walking down the street, my shoulders back, enjoying the sun and the day. In the past, that would have been a completely different way. ideas flourish in your mind, not constant feelings of shame and self-hatred. “

He also talked about love and sex and how “confusing” and “painful” navigation can be in relationships.

Page, who divorced Emma Portner in 2021, also said that she did not want children.

“Kids? No. I feel like I’ve had to take care of myself so much,” he said. “I mean, if I met someone who had a baby, I’m not completely closed to the idea that when I’m older, I could adopt an older baby, you know. But no.”

Plus Umbrella Academy On June 22, he returns in the third season and his character emerges as a trance, working on his memoirs, Pageboy, which, he says, was “intense” when he returned to his “feelings and traumas and troubles.” He said he had “three random, suspiciously timed apologies” from people since the book’s announcement, calling it “interesting timing.” The book is expected to be published in 2023.

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