Mar 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Actor Elliot Page becomes first trans man on Time Magazine cover

Elliot page on the cover of time magazine.
Courtesy: Time

Elliot Page, best known for his roles in blockbusters "Juno," "X-Men" and "Inception," is the first openly transgender man to feature on the cover of Time Magazine.

The big picture: Page, one of the most high-profile trans people in the world, has been vocal about trans rights and recently condemned several of a record number of state bills aimed at trans kids' ability to transition and play sports with cisgender children.

  • A groundswell of Republicans — including former President Trump — have publicly supported banning trans kids from playing on sports teams and in competitions aligning with their gender identity.
  • "Extremely influential people are spreading these myths and damaging rhetoric — every day you're seeing our existence debated," Page said. "Transgender people are so very real."

What he's saying: In a late February interview with Time's Katy Steinmetz, Page said it was difficult to talk about the days leading up to his disclosure in December that he is trans.

  • When asked how he's feeling now, Page described the "feeling of true excitement and deep gratitude to have made it to this point in my life ... mixed with a lot of fear and anxiety."
  • "What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia," he said. "That's essentially what happened."

Page told Time that he was inspired by writers and actresses like Janet Mock and Laverne Cox — icons and trailblazers in the community — and P. Carl's memoir "Becoming a Man."

  • Eventually, revelation replaced "shame and discomfort," he said. "I was finally able to embrace being transgender ... and letting myself fully become who I am."

Go deeper: Elliot Page Is Ready for This Moment (Time)

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