Elliot Page praised for making history as first openly trans man on Time cover

Elliot Page praised for making history as first openly trans man on Time cover

Actor Elliot Page has received widespread acclaim online after it was revealed that he is the first openly trans man to appear on the cover of TIME magazine.

The performer, known for their appearances in JunoX-Men and The Umbrella Academy came out as transgender in December, with a statement which was met with an outpouring of support online.

Page wrote: “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.

“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive.”

The news was announced on Tuesday as the magazine published its interview with Page, who said of his announcement last year that he was anticipating “a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia”.

“That’s essentially what happened,” they said.

Sharing the cover on Twitter, Page said: “With deep respect for those who came before me, gratitude for those who have supported me and great concern for the generation of trans youth we must all protect, please join me and decry anti-trans legislation, hate and discrimination in all its forms.”

Twitter users were quick to respond to the news and share the impact his visibility as an out trans man means to them:

Page’s full interview with TIME magazine is available to read online.

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