Trans people are all the rage at the moment and popular magazines are clearing inclusivity hurdles by getting their "First Ever!" trans cover stars. On the same day that Good Morning America did a feature on Sports Illustrated's first ever black & Asian American trans swimsuit model, Time featured its own trans cover star.
Actor Elliot Page broke new ground for liberal rag Time magazine by becoming the publication’s first ever trans male cover star. Who’s Elliot Page? You might better recognize Page if you recall that just a short few months ago, “he” was fine being a biological female that went by the name of Ellen Page, the actress best known for her endearing and quirky role as a pregnant teen in the movie Juno.
Now Elliot Page has given his/her first big post-transition interview to the high-profile liberal outlet. She began by telling Time about imagining what the public reaction would be if she were to fully transition. “What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia,” she said, adding, “That’s essentially what happened.”
Page, who had been out as a lesbian since 2014, told Time that making the gender transition – which included breast reduction surgery – was actually the fulfillment of coming to terms with her gender identity. She claimed that the alone time during quarantine prompted the reflection that being gay wasn’t the full extent of who she was. “I was finally able to embrace being transgender and letting myself fully become who I am," Page told the outlet.
The news that Page decided she was a guy came out of nowhere last December, when the actress announced her desired form in a statement on Instagram. The Umbrella Academy star addressed her fans saying, “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.”
In the post, “Elliot” expressed hope in her newfound authenticity, but also spoke about the trepidation she had at encountering potential backlash. “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.”
Despite her fear, Page seemed to indicate in her Time interview that things are going better than ever for her. She’s her “authentic self” and has been getting more gigs than when her identity was in line with her natural anatomy. “Page's team said he's gotten more offers for acting gigs than he has in years, both for transgender parts but also ‘dude roles,’" The Hill reported. Wow, that is interesting. A more cynical person would wonder if it was a political calculation.
In addition to living a new life identifying as a man, Page said she’s getting even more political these days on behalf of the LGBTQ movement. She told the magazine, “My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today, and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can.”
In the past, Page has been vocal against politicians who support traditional marriage and the reality of two genders. In an interview from 2019, Page attacked former Vice President Mike Pence saying, “Let’s just be clear. The vice president of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife. He wanted to ban that in Indiana."
Yeah, it sure was scary. Four years of Mike Pence just ended and Page is being tortured by means of gracing the cover of one of the most prominent magazines in the country. (Her wife is divorcing her, by the way.) Such hate!