Elliot Page’s Coming Out is a Step in Right Direction

by Jenna Bloom ‘21

Recently, actor Elliot Page has announced that he is transgender and would like to be addressed with he/they pronouns. This announcement flooded social media, with many messages of support and praise — his Instagram post racking up 3.2 million likes and 148,000 comments. News sources were all quick to speak on the topic, and Wikipedia and Netflix immediately corrected his name and pronouns on all of their descriptions.

As our society slowly progresses towards one filled with more inclusivity and acceptance, the widespread support from the media is exciting. Not only is this incredible for Page (which it absolutely is), but this means transgender and nonbinary youth have someone else to look up to. In their coming out Instagram post, Page wrote, “to all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the thread of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.” A new positive voice with a large platform is most definitely a win for the LGBTQ+ community, and a step towards equality for all.