Elliot Page is celebrating “trans joy” in a candid new Instagram post. Three years after the actor came out as transgender, Elliot is opening up further about his past struggle with gender dysphoria. This is defined as the feeling of unease and frustration people feel due to a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.
Sharing a shirtless photo in which he proudly displayed his chest scars to Instagram Wednesday (May 10), Elliot wrote: “Dysphoria used to be especially rife in the summer. No layers, just a T-shirt – or layers and oh so sweaty – constantly looking down, readjusting my oversized T.”
“It feels so f’ing good soaking in the sun now,” he went on before admitting that he “never thought” he’d be able to experience the joy he now feels in his body. He shared his gratitude for having gender-affirming care and told his nearly 6 million followers that he looks forward to sharing more of his journey.
The comments section was flooded with supportive comments for the Umbrella Academy actor. One person wrote, “Gender-affirming care is MEDICAL CARE! It treats a potentially deadly medical condition and gives people back their lives. So thrilled to see your joy and euphoria – everyone deserves to feel this way in their own body!” Another person commented, “This is my first summer post-top surgery. Wearing tank tops is my new favorite thing. So freeing! Thank you for being an inspiration to so many!” A third added, “So grateful to witness this new and free expression of you!” Commented another, “So happy for you and the light you are spreading. Everyone deserves joy and to live as their authentic self and to feel at home in their body. Congrats.”
In December of 2020, Elliot shared a heartfelt statement on his social media accounts of his transition. “Hi friends,” he wrote. “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.”
He added, “My joy is real, but it is also fragile. 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. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences.”