Transcript for 'Juno' actor announces he is transgender in public post about identity
We have that big announcement from an Oscar nominated actor known for "Juno" and "Umbrella academy" announcing he is transgender. Elliot page came out publicly with a post about his identity saying his joy is real but fragile. Janai Norman joins us with so much more. Good morning, janai. Reporter: Robin, good morning. You know, it's that line in particular that I thought was so poignant. The stoor star who we've known and loved for years writing despite feeling profoundly happy I'm also scared. Page bravely making that powerful announcement while calling attention to the staggering statistics about the violence transpeople face. This way. Reporter: This morning, a Hollywood star sharing a powerful message, Elliot page announcing he's transgender writing, I want to share with you that I'm trans. My pronounces are he/they and my name is Elliot. Because you're like the coolest person I've ever met and you don't even have to try. Reporter: Page formerly known by the name Ellen shot to stardom more than a decade ago in this Oscar nominated role as a snarky pregnant teen in "Juno." Reporter: Now the 33-year-old actor says he is profoundly happy writing, I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. Look, I didn't know who I was but I do know. Reporter: Page now starring in "The umbrella academy" which was just renewed for a third season. I don't want to hurt you. Reporter: Netflix which airs the show responding to the announcement on Twitter writing, so proud of our superhero. We love you, Elliot. We're going to see him play totally new characters now and what's most exciting they are going to be the ones that he truly feels fit him. You know, the ones that he was born to play, not that Hollywood wanted him to play. Reporter: In recent years transvisibility has expanded in Hollywood. Laverne cox starring in "Orange is the new black," Caitlin Jenner introducing herself on the cover of "Vanity fair" and the hugely popular show "Pose" which centers on transcharacters racking up Emmy nods but still a long way to go. For those living their truth coming out as transcan be dangerous. According to the human rights campaign at least 40 trans and nonbinary people murdered this year alone. The majority being transwomen of color. Page revealing he's scared of 9 hate citing the staggering discrimination and violence transpeople face writing, to all transpeople who deal with harassment. Self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day, I see you, I love you and I I will do everything I can to change this world for the better. Page publicly came out as gay in 2014 and long been a supporter of lgbtq rights. There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we're all supposed to act, dress and speak and they serve no one. Anyone who defies these so-called norms becomes worthy of comment and scrutiny. Reporter: Page now celebrating his identity supported by his wife Emma Portner who wrote I'm so proud of Elliot page. Elliot's existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much. Ellen DeGeneres writing, sending love to my friend. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty. When somebody like Elliot page that people have respected and admired for years tells them that he's a transgendererson it helps them understand more about what it means to be trans and help them realize they will meet transgender people in their real life in the future. Reporter: And in that post now liked nearly 2.5 million times Elliot pointing out within the transcommunity 40% attempt sued. He said the more I embrace who I am more I dream, the more my heart gross and the more I thrive and, guy, that's what we love to see. Yes, he is going to help so many. Thank you so much. To love who I am. To hear him say that, Elliot to say to love who I am. And there are so many who can relate to that and who don't and now will have perhaps the courage to do so. Thank you for that.
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