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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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First fatality confirmed in downtown Austin mass shooting

Police barricades near the scene of a shooting in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

A 25-year-old man died Sunday of injuries sustained in a mass shooting that wounded 13 other people in downtown Austin, Texas, the previous day, police confirmed.

Driving the news: Austin police named the victim as Douglas John Kantor, as they continued to search for one of two suspects. One suspect was taken into custody on Saturday following the shooting on 6th Street, a popular area with bars and restaurants.

Pelosi demands Barr and Sessions testify on data subpoenas

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during an event San Francisco, California, on Friday. Photo: Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNN Sunday that former Attorneys General William Barr and Jeff Sessions should testify before Congress on reports that the Trump-era Department of Justice seized Democrats' and journalists' data records.

Driving the news: DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Friday an internal investigation into the matter, and Pelosi expressed disbelief to CNN's Dana Bash at assertions that neither Barr nor Sessions knew of probes into lawmakers.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

Netanyahu is out as new Israeli government survives confidence vote

Photo: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty Images

Israel has a new prime minister for the first time since 2009 after a power-sharing government led by Naftali Bennett survived a confidence vote on Sunday. Bennett was sworn in as prime minister.

Why it matters: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister and the man around whom Israeli politics have revolved for a decade, will now become opposition leader. Bennett, a right-wing former Netanyahu protege, will lead the most ideologically diverse government in Israeli history.

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