Elliot Page's wife Emma Portner 'proud' as he comes out as transgender
Dancer Emma Portner has shared a message of love and pride after her partner Ellen Page has come out as transgender and revealed his name is Elliot.
The Umbrella Academy actor penned a heartfelt statement to announce the news to fans online on Tuesday.
Moments later, Elliot’s proud wife shared his lengthy post on her Instagram page as she wrote: ‘I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world.
‘I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself.’
She concluded: ‘Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.’
The couple tied the knot in 2018 after they first went public with their romance in the summer of 2017.
Emma was one of the first people to comment on Elliot’s Instagram post on Tuesday as the star revealed his new pronouns with the world.
‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,’ he began in the statement. ‘I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.
‘I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the “jokes” and of violence. ‘To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture.’
The 33-year-old continued: ‘The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women.
‘To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands.
Elliot wrote: ‘You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough.
‘You aren’t being “cancelled,” you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks. I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive.
‘To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.’
The statement ended: ‘Thank you for reading this. All my love, Elliot.’
Stars such as Miley Cyrus led the messages of support as the singer wrote on Instagram: ‘Elliot rules!’, while the actor’s Umbrella Academy co-star Justin Min (Ben) added: ‘Love you so much.’
Elliot previously came out as gay in 2014 in a powerful speech and said at the time: ‘I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference.’
Elliot ended his speech by fighting for the right of equality and for the LGBTQ community to have the right to love who they choose.
He said: ‘I am young yes, but what I have learned is that love – the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it – is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being and we deserve to expect love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.’
The star is best known for his roles in films including Juno and Inception, and starring as Vanya Hargreeves in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.
He began his career in 1997, rising to fame in 2006 with the release of Juno, which he starred in alongside Michael Cera.
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