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Elliot Page discusses his gender affirmation journey in ABC special The Freedom to Exist

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With his tell-all tome due to hit shelves next Tuesday, transgender trailblazer Elliot Page sat down to discuss the bullying and self-disgust that led his 2020 gender affirmation.

The Canadian 36-year-old – who ‘felt like a boy’ as early as age nine – said puberty was the beginning of him ‘disconnecting from myself and feeling a degree of discomfort that was very erosive and damaging.’

‘I don’t think I, even at that point, had probably even heard the word “transgender.” If it did come up, it would be briefly in health class with then the sound of laughter,’ Elliot said in the preview for his upcoming ABC News special.

‘The experiences I had in regards to bullying only encourages the shame that literally makes you sick – the hiding, the self-disgust, the “I’m wrong there’s something wrong with me.” That narrative. 

‘I think with gender dysphoria, it’s being assigned a gender at birth based on your genitalia, and that not being the reality of who you are – and the incongruence and disconnect with that – just continues to chip away at you and chip away at you and chip away at you.’

Just in time for Pride month! With his tell-all tome due to hit shelves next Tuesday, transgender trailblazer Elliot Page sat down to discuss the bullying and self-disgust that led his 2020 gender affirmation

Just in time for Pride month! With his tell-all tome due to hit shelves next Tuesday, transgender trailblazer Elliot Page sat down to discuss the bullying and self-disgust that led his 2020 gender affirmation

Page was ‘forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet’ after the success of starring in Jason Reitman’s 2007 film Juno, which made his ‘skin crawl, on and off set.’

‘I think it especially became complicated as an actor, because people would just go, “You’re an actor, like, just put on the f***ing clothes,”‘ the Oscar-nominated actor explained.

‘But needless to say, it was so much more than that.’

In honor of Pride month, The Freedom to Exist with Elliot Page – A Soul of a Nation Presentation airs next Tuesday on ABC and next Wednesday on Hulu.

Elliot previously came out as a lesbian in 2014 during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Time to Thrive’ conference in Las Vegas.

Page was paid ‘north of $3M’ to write his 288-page autobiography Pageboy: A Memoir, which Flatiron Books will publish next Tuesday.

The two-time Emmy-nominated producer kicks off his 13-date international book tour next Tuesday at The Town Hall in Midtown Manhattan with a conversation with Trans Week co-founder Raquel Willis.

Elliot concludes his role as sound superhero/violinist Viktor Hargreeves aka The White Violin in the six-episode fourth (and final) season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, which began production on February 6.

Page’s company Page Boy Productions oversaw D.W. Waterson’s feature directorial debut Backspot, which wrapped principal production in March with three-time Emmy nominee Evan Rachel Wood in the lead as a cheerleader coach.

On the personal front, it’s unclear if the Gucci Beauty brand ambassador is still dating non-binary comedian Mae Martin after the pair got matching tattoos and suited up for the 11th Annual LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 5.

Elliot’s divorce from Canadian dancer Emma Portner was finalized in 2021 after two years of marriage.

'I don't think I even, at that point, heard the word "transgender"': The Canadian 36-year-old - who 'felt like a boy' as early as age nine - said puberty was the beginning of him 'disconnecting from myself and feeling a degree of discomfort that was very erosive and damaging'

‘I don’t think I even, at that point, heard the word “transgender”‘: The Canadian 36-year-old – who ‘felt like a boy’ as early as age nine – said puberty was the beginning of him ‘disconnecting from myself and feeling a degree of discomfort that was very erosive and damaging’

Elliot said in the preview for his upcoming ABC News special: 'The experiences I had in regards to bullying only encourages the shame that literally makes you sick - the hiding, the self-disgust, the "I'm wrong there's something wrong with me." That narrative'

Elliot said in the preview for his upcoming ABC News special: ‘The experiences I had in regards to bullying only encourages the shame that literally makes you sick – the hiding, the self-disgust, the “I’m wrong there’s something wrong with me.” That narrative’

Page added: 'I think with gender dysphoria, it's being assigned a gender at birth based on your genitalia, and that not being the reality of who you are - and the incongruence and disconnect with that - just continues to chip away at you and chip away at you and chip away at you'

Page added: ‘I think with gender dysphoria, it’s being assigned a gender at birth based on your genitalia, and that not being the reality of who you are – and the incongruence and disconnect with that – just continues to chip away at you and chip away at you and chip away at you’

'I think it especially became complicated as an actor': The Oscar-nominated actor (pictured in 2008) was 'forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet' after the success of starring in Jason Reitman's 2007 film Juno, which made his 'skin crawl, on and off set'

‘I think it especially became complicated as an actor’: The Oscar-nominated actor (pictured in 2008) was ‘forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet’ after the success of starring in Jason Reitman’s 2007 film Juno, which made his ‘skin crawl, on and off set’

Elliot explained: 'People would just go, "You're an actor, like, just put on the f***ing clothes." But needless to say, it was so much more than that'

Elliot explained: ‘People would just go, “You’re an actor, like, just put on the f***ing clothes.” But needless to say, it was so much more than that’

Will you watch? The Freedom to Exist with Elliot Page - A Soul of a Nation Presentation airs next Tuesday on ABC and next Wednesday on Hulu

Will you watch? The Freedom to Exist with Elliot Page – A Soul of a Nation Presentation airs next Tuesday on ABC and next Wednesday on Hulu

'Can't wait for you to read it': Page was paid 'north of $3M' to write his 288-page autobiography Pageboy: A Memoir, which Flatiron Books will publish next Tuesday

‘Can’t wait for you to read it’: Page was paid ‘north of $3M’ to write his 288-page autobiography Pageboy: A Memoir, which Flatiron Books will publish next Tuesday

'Feeling so excited!' The two-time Emmy-nominated producer kicks off his 13-date international book tour next Tuesday at The Town Hall in Midtown Manhattan with a conversation with Trans Week co-founder Raquel Willis

‘Feeling so excited!’ The two-time Emmy-nominated producer kicks off his 13-date international book tour next Tuesday at The Town Hall in Midtown Manhattan with a conversation with Trans Week co-founder Raquel Willis

'The final season!' Elliot concludes his role as sound superhero/violinist Viktor Hargreeves aka The White Violin in the six-episode fourth (and final) season of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, which began production on February 6

‘The final season!’ Elliot concludes his role as sound superhero/violinist Viktor Hargreeves aka The White Violin in the six-episode fourth (and final) season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, which began production on February 6



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