Oscar nominated actor, Elliot Page, was recently interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on her Apple TV show, marking it as his first television interview as a transgender male. Page considers his reconstructive top surgery to be “life-saving” because it brought him joy to being a step closer to who he wants to become, and experiencing a sense of liberation after repressing himself for so many years due to several career-related or personal reasons.
Elliot Page comes forth with the hardships he had to face while having to continue wearing dresses and style in feminine fashion, opposed to the gender identity he wanted to conform to. The constant panic attacks and trauma, really had an impact on his mental health throughout these years. In all honesty, we applaud his strength and courage for finally being able to make that transition.
Although Page had come out as a gay woman in February 2014, he eventually declared himself a transgendered male in December 2020. Furthermore, he is the first transgender man who was featured by himself on the cover of Time Magazine. Yet another feat achieved, not only by him, but the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.
Moreover, Page gets emotional while opening up about the joys of this shift. “Coming out of the shower with a towel wrapped around your waist, and you’re looking at yourself in the mirror.” Thinking, “There I am.” He considers that it’s the little things that make a monumental difference in his life, where he’s finally at peace and comfort with his body. For something as crucial and sacred as your physical being, to be able to find solace in that- is an exhilarating feeling.
Elliot Page moved onto discussing how having access to resources and being welcomed by a strong standing community of trans genders, positively affected his transition, certainly strengthening the stand on the gender identity he chose for himself, and to develop. Expressing his gratitude, “My ability to be sitting here now is because of so many trans women of color who put their lives on the line” for so many years.
However, Oprah and Page moved onto conferring about how the law-makers and the state-legislators are introducing controversial laws and proposing bills that aim to undermine the freedom of the transgender youth. Also, highlighting the brutality and lack of safety people who conform to the transgendered community face, and many disregarding the atrocity of trans kids dying.
Elliot Page used this far-reaching platform to make a stronger claim on his identity and sharing it with the world, while also making a subtle yet significant stand on the potency of the transgender community, and their fight against the unjust prejudices the society subjects them to.