In coming out as trans, Elliot Page calls out violence against trans people of color

In a statement on Instagram, the Oscar-nominated actor said he was “profoundly happy” for this moment but scared of potential violence. Trans people of color are particularly vulnerable.
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A simple declaration from a major Hollywood star. Capturing the world's attention. Elliot page sharing deeply personal news very Instagram writing, hi, friend, I want to share with you that I am trans. My pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot. Page rose to fame after starring as a pregnant wise-cracking teenager in the indie hit "Journey," a role that earned them an Oscar nod at the age of 20. I think I'm in love with you. You mean as friends? Reporter: His groundbreaking news sparking joy among trans activists and allies with many sharing their support online. When I saw Elliot page's announcement, I was elated. Reporter: A writer, father, advocate, a proud member of the trans community. Why elation? There's such bravery when it comes to being a trans person. Being that he is someone who has such a huge platform, for him to come out and tell millions of people that this is who he was, to be met with so much love, so many people have loved me and accepted me. There is a struggle when comes to being trans but there's also a lot of love. Reporter: Page's journey began years ago as an outspoken lgbtq activist. In 2014, he came out as gay at a human rights campaign conference in Las Vegas. And I am here today because I am gay. Reporter: Page starred alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in smash hits like "Inception" and as a mutant in "X-men," marrying professional dancer Emma Portner in 2018. Portner supporting her spouse's transition in an Instagram post saying in part, I so proud of Elliot page, trans, queer, and nonbinary people are a gift to this world. Elliot's existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on, sweet pea, love you so much. While shows like "Pose," "Euphoria," and "Orange is the new black" shine a spotlight on trans female stories, trans male stories are often less visible. Earlier this year, trans body builder mason camanetti shared his experience with me of transitioning. How does society treat someone like you growing up? Almost like I didn't exist. Body building was something that helped me make my body more masculine. The ideal man? For me it is. There's definitely invisibility when we talk about transpeople, trans men, particularly talking about representation in media. Reporter: The battle for trans acceptance, often beginning with pronouns. Pronouns are important. It's the stepping stone to how we identify people. It's important to respect those things. Reporter: Websites scrubbing former pronouns and avoiding use of page's "Dead" name, their name assigned at birth. For those in the trans community, page's post is seen as an act of bravery. Elliot embraced the joy, but also said that his truth is fragile, and that he admitted being scared. You don't know how people are going to react to you in the streets. You don't necessarily know how people in your family are going to react. There's a risk that you take, that you may sacrifice people that you thought loved you. But that is the risk that we take to be who we are. Reporter: Highlighting the risk of violence so many trans people face, writing, in 2020 alone, it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered. The majority of which were black and latinx trans women. We took a deep dive into this disturbing problem last year. Malaysia booker, say her Malaysia booker! Reporter: Reporting on trans women of color who have been violence and discrimination for trying to live their truth. What was youeaction to hear not one but two trans women of color gunned down in a matter of months on the same street? I was shocked. My reaction was, am I next? So much of the violence that is happening in trans communities is happening to trans women, particularly trans women of color. And this is because of not just trans phobia or misplaced homophobia, also because of sexism and misogyny and racism that's creating this powder keg for trans women. Reporter: Even for those who are famous, safety is no guarantee. Just this Sunday, Laverne cox, trans activist and star of "Orange is the new black" -- Do you have any idea how ignorant you sound? Reporter: Posted on Instagram she and a friend were targeted while out on a walk in Griffith park. All of a sudden the guy is attacking my friend. Laverne cox was a megastar, attacked. Hat is saying about the girls in New York City? What is thaying about homeless lgbtq youth? We have a lot to do as a culture and as humanity. It says wealth, celebrity, and fame does not protect you. It does not insulate you from transphobia, racism, misogyny. It does not. Reporter: Yet E Elliot page is using their fame to fight against it.

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