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Trans Actor Elliot Page Opens Up About Gender Dysphoria in His New Memoir

American actor Elliot Page is just another celeb happy to show of their summer body but it hasn’t been an easy road to confidence.

Last week Elliot shared a topless photo on his Instagram account and it was a significant moment for the actor.

Elliot, who came out as trans in 2020, had top surgery done in 2021 and has shared photos of himself post-surgery, but never close ups.

“Dysphoria used to be especially rife in the summer. No layers, just a t-shirt or layers and oh so sweaty – constantly looking down, readjusting my oversized T,” he captioned the post.

Gender dysphoria is a feeling of discomfort or distress which can occur in people whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth, or at sex-related physical characteristics.

Learning to love his body, Elliot says, has brought him unexpected joy.

“It feels so f’ing good soaking in the sun now. I never thought I could experience this, the joy that I feel in my body.”

“I am so grateful for what gender-affirming care has allowed me and I look forward to sharing more of my journey soon.”

He ended the post with #transjoy.


Elliot came out as gay in 2014 and as transgender in 2020, when he also shared his new name. He used to be Ellen Page.

“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,” he wrote.

He wanted to be a boy from the age of nine, he told Time magazine. “I would ask my mom if I could be someday.”

Elliot rose to fame in the X-Men films and won an Oscar in 2008 for his role in Juno.

His memoir, Pageboy, will be published next month.

Over the years, Elliot was presented with the opportunity to write his memoir but said that it never felt right until now.

“I could barely sit still let alone focus long enough to complete such a task. At last, I can be with myself, in this body. So, I’ve written a book about my story.”

For the Umbrella Academy star, writing this book was also about the representation of transgender people and their stories.

“Trans people are facing increasing attacks, from physical violence to the banning of healthcare and our humanity is regularly ‘debated’ in the media,” he said.

“The act of writing, reading and sharing the multitude of our experiences is an important step in standing up to those who wish to silence and harm us.”

Writing Pageboy and soon being able to share his story with the world was a cathartic experience.

“Books have helped me, saved me even, so I hope this can help someone feel less alone, feel seen, no matter who they are or what path they are on.”

Elliot will do a short book tour to London, Manchester and Germany.

“I’m thrilled for people to finally read Pageboy. I am grateful for the opportunity to engage with readers and listeners about it, and to celebrate other queer and trans stories along the way as well.”

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