Elliot Page talks about a terrible experience he had last year.
in an interview with Los Angeles times published on sunday Umbrella Academy star talked about one of the dark moments he described in detail in his newly published memoirs, Page boy.
Page, 36, was on her way to the Pink Dot, a famous grocery store in Los Angeles on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega Avenues in West Hollywood, when, as she describes in the book, a transphobic man approaches her.
Horrified, Page rushed to the staff inside the store for help, as the man threatened, “‘I — I’m going to beat you up with gays, s—–,'”. “That’s why I need a gun!” yell.
“I don’t feel as comfortable in Los Angeles anymore as I used to go for a walk,” Page said. Times.
The Canadian-born actor and activist has discussed the self-hatred he initially felt as he suppressed his true self. This Juno star He came out as gay in 2014, then in a strong statement on Instagram, he came out as transgender in December 2020.
“You don’t have to feel this way“ said a voice inside him that seemed to have become an inner mantra fighting to surface.
Then in a strong statement on Instagram, Juno The star came out as transgender in December 2020, a month after undergoing upper surgery.
“It was like something was going on in my brain,” Page recalled. Times. “The agonizing voice of ‘No, you’re not’, ‘No, you can’t’ changed and became very kind and loving. Ah, maybe I’m trans. Why don’t I research this?’ ”
While some of his personal experiences have been difficult, Page has also acknowledged his “privilege” as the LGBTQ+ community fights anti-trans and gay laws in many states.
“I’m a very rare example of what it means to be trans,” Page said. “I’m just in the awkward situation where, yes, my journey hasn’t really been easy. At some moments I thought: ‘I don’t know what my future is. I don’t know if I’ve seen him or not. But I also have a privilege that many trans people don’t have.”
Page, who is currently the cover star of PEOPLE’s Pride, also stated that he had more enjoyable encounters while outside.
“When young people walk up to me walking down the street, it means the world to me,” he told PEOPLE. “To be themselves, to have the courage to say, ‘This is who I am and I will live authentically.
“The privilege I have does not represent the reality of most trans lives,” Page added. “The reality is that trans people are disproportionately unemployed, disproportionately homeless. Trans women of color are killed. People are denied health care.”
While she sheds light on some of the more terrifying experiences people have had, she doesn’t underestimate her own journey: “In many ways, I feel like I’ve barely made it.”
In general, Page is proud that he can still walk “shoulder back.”
“It’s a feeling I definitely never thought I’d feel, and it’s mostly manifested in how present I feel, in the comfort I feel, and in my ability. to exist,” he said, and continued, “There have been times in my life where I felt like I wasn’t really feeling. That’s why it happens so much more often in these quiet moments.”
“I think we’re talking about ‘trans joy’ and euphoria,” Page told PEOPLE. “There is so much silence. To get my shoulders back. I was always a little withdrawn, anxious. I never used to feel like my skin was mine.”
page boy Currently available on amazon.com.