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Elliot Page Now Feels 'At Ease' As A Trans Man

Elliot Page Now Feels 'At Ease' As A Trans Man

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"I used to never feel like my skin was my own,” he said.

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As Pride month gets underway, the freedom to express LGBTQ+ identities loudly and proudly will take center stage, but Elliot Page is taking a beat to talk about the importance of the quiet moments in between.

The actor has been doing the rounds in preparation for the release of his new memoir, Pageboy, this month. He’s spoken openly about his journey with gender in the past, as well as the shift that embracing his identity caused in how he sees himself.

Speaking with People, he recently expanded on that topic, specifically addressing the comfort he now feels in the ordinary moments of his day-to-day life that most people likely take for granted.

“It definitely feels a way that I never thought I would get to feel, and that mostly manifests in how present I feel, the ease I feel and the ability to exist,” he said. “There’s been periods in my life where I really felt like I didn’t. So often it’s a lot in the quiet moments.”

Page added that for all of the talk of “‘trans joy’ and euphoria” that people express feeling on their gender journey, for him, “so much of it is in the stillness.”

“I just was always kind of shut off, anxious. I used to never feel like my skin was my own,” he admitted.

But now, seeing the version of himself that Page always felt like on the inside has gone a long way towards replacing that anxiety with inner peace—an experience that undoubtedly resonates with many trans people, and even the broader LGBTQ+ community.

“It catches me by surprise sometimes. A friend will simply take a photo and then I get a glimpse, and it just sends this electric thrill through my body, this sort of spark,” he explained. “I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s that person I’ve seen but never thought I’d actually get to see.’”

Pageboy hits the shelves on June 6.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.