On Twitter, Canadian actor Elliot Page, seen in "Juno", "Inception", "X-Men" and the Netflix series "Umbrella Academy", has just come out transgender.
On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, on Twitter, actor Elliot Page made public his gender identity: he is trans, which means that his lived gender is not the one assigned to him at birth (we will therefore not repeat not in this article the former first name of the star).
In just an hour, Elliot Page's touching post was shared by over 100,000 people. "I want to let you know I'm trans. My pronouns are he / he and my first name is Elliot. I feel lucky to write this. To be here. To be at this point in my life.", he declared. In all transparency, he also added to be afraid of the reactions following this announcement. "The truth is, although I feel deeply happy and know how privileged I am, I am also afraid. Fear of intrusive behavior, hatred, 'jokes' and violence", he explained, before recalling that transphobia kills, in particular trans and racialized people.
To find out more: OUTrans or contact the organizations listed by the Espace Santé Trans.
Elliot, and nothing but Elliot
Why does auféminin and other media choose to use only the first name Elliot? Because it is important to ban the "deadname". This English term refers to the use of the first name given at the birth of a transgender or non-binary person without their consent. In many articles or even on Wikipedia, recalling the old name of the person is a real problem, as pointed out by the user @camaradealice, herself moderator on the online encyclopedia, where Elliot Page's file is currently the subject of a modification battle. For its part, the information and exchange site around trans Gender identities! remember : "The obsession with the birth name of trans people (also called deadname in English or morinom in French) is irrational as well as disrespectful. (…) this question delegitimizes trans people and insinuates that their current first name is not is a masquerade, and all everyone will ever want to know is what their parents called them. You don't have to ask.
So let's leave the star of Juno conclude this great announcement, with this promise to the transgender community: "To all trans people who experience harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do whatever I can to change this world for the better".