Elliot Page becomes first trans man to appear on cover of Time magazine
The 34-year-old, whose film credits include “Inception” and two episodes of the “X-Men” franchise, will appear on the cover of the magazine’s next issue under the headline “I Am Fully Who I Am”.
“What I was waiting for was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hate and transphobia,” Page reportedly said. “That’s basically what happened.”
The actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role in “Juno” in 2008, also spoke about his childhood, saying he “felt like a boy” from an early age. He recalled the “feeling of triumph” of being allowed to cut his hair short at the age of 9.
Page, who had previously revealed his homosexuality in 2014, also spoke of undergoing high-level surgery, a decision he described as having “completely transformed my life.” He goes on to discuss the fight for trans equality, as well as the entertainment industry’s “crushing standards” and “pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity.”
“Heavily influential people are spreading these myths and this damaging rhetoric – every day you see our existence being debated,” he said in the interview. “Transgender people are so real.”
Page photographed in Toronto in 2019, more than a year before publicly revealing her gender identity. Credit: Rich Polk / Getty Images
“I wanted it and have been working on it for so many years,” Neilly wrote in the caption. “I’m so proud of Elliot and so grateful to the trans seniors who risked everything to make this moment happen.”
Top image caption: Time magazine cover with Page. Courtesy time.