Elliot Page Talks Transitioning, Trans Rights with Oprah Winfrey

Written on 05/05/2021
Staff Columnist

Canadian actor Elliot Page sat down with Oprah Winfrey on Friday (Apr. 30) in an interview aired on Apple TV+ to talk about life since his transition. 

In his first television interview since coming out as transgender, Elliot Page spoke about the transition journey, why trans visibility is important. Why anti-trans bills need to be abolished in America – CBC News reports.

"It's an incredible sensation that I am experiencing, and it keeps unfolding," Page said in the interview.

"This is incredibly new. I feel like I haven't gotten to be myself since I was 10 years old, but [it's] all these moments of joy, of euphoria in my body, of just feeling a different way, every single day."

In December, the Halifax-born actor shared on social media that he is trans, and he wants to be referred to as his chosen pronouns: he/him and they/them.

The 34-year-old told Winfrey that he wanted to share the news for his mental health and to contrast the anti-LGBTQ and anti-trans hate happening in the U.S.

"With this platform I have, the privilege that I have, and knowing the pain and the difficulties and the struggles I've faced in my life — let alone what so many other people are facing — it absolutely felt just crucial and important for me to share that," he explained.

In 2014, Page came out as gay, but he told Winfrey he was not ready to share that he was trans until recently.

"It did relieve a lot for me … but no, the discomfort in my body, it absolutely did not go away," he said.

After coming out as trans and having gender-affirming chest reconstruction surgery, he said he no longer feels uncomfortable about it.

"I wanted to share with people just how much it has changed my life, and I want people to know that not only has it been life-changing for me, I do believe it is life-saving," he told Winfrey.

Page added that one of the important reasons for coming out as trans was to raise awareness on transgender health care in the U.S.

This year, some states have banned the ability for teens to get gender-affirming medication like puberty blockers and hormone therapy.

"I want to tell them that I see them. That they exist. That they are real," Page told Winfrey about transgender children.

"Looking at the attacks against trans kids right now and the rhetoric, I can't imagine what it feels like on top of everything else, and I just want kids to know that they're loved, and I'm going to continue to do what I can to help this society shift how it treats transgender people."

Page told Winfrey that he was suffering anxiety, depression, and panic attacks before his transition.

As for what has brought him most joy since the transition, Page said it's 'the little things'.

"Getting out of the shower and the towels around your waist, and you're looking at yourself in the mirror, and you're just like 'there I am'," he said.

"I guess from where I'm sitting now, all I know is — the degree of comfort, sense of home, ability to be present — feels so profound and life-changing," he continued.

"And so what I look forward to is getting to move through the world in that way and continuing to become the person that I've always wanted to be and that I hope to be and keep working toward being."

(Image Credit: Vanity Fair)