Last week, as part of their robust Pride programming, ABC’s The View welcomed Umbrella Academy star Elliot Page to its iconic roundtable to discuss his debut memoir Pageboy.
In their conversation, the hosts and Page talk about his journey to disclose his gender identity, legislative attacks against trans youth, and Page’s gender euphoria now that “who you are on the outside matches who you’ve always been on the inside.”
In his autobiography, Page details his feelings of gender dysphoria at a young age, exacerbated by his rapid rise to fame for his star-turning Oscar-nominated role in Juno. Page was advised to not disclose his sexual orientation, and it would be another 13 years until Page could reveal to the public that he is trans.
On what gave him the courage to come out of the closet, Page tells The View hosts: “That comes from all the incredible people that have created the space and … have offered that representation and opportunity to even be here right now.”
When asked what is fueling the state of hate against transgender youth, with extremist right-wing politicians leading the charge, Page observes “it’s a political tool. It’s to gain votes, it’s to make people upset, and to distract people from real issues in our society that do need to be addressed.” Page also cites State Rep. Zooey Zephyr, who appeared in an earlier segment of the show and expertly debunked the misinformation on health care for trans people, demonstrating how lies are being spread about the transgender community.
Lastly, Page sends a message to parents of queer, trans, or questioning youth on what to do if their child talks to them: “Just listen. Really listen to your child, and listen to their feelings. Don’t try and shove them away, and don’t make them feel shame for who they are.”
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Page encourages everyone to relish in the joy and curiosity of exploring your identity. “How glorious to be able to explore [who you] are.”
Watch Page’s full appearance on The View below: