The trans celebrities blazing a trail to acceptance
Elliot Page shares the greatest joy he's experienced since his transition
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As the TV, film, and fashion industries become more and more inclusive, the number of roles for transgender people is increasing rapidly every year. Groundbreaking TV shows like the ballroom culture drama 'Pose' with almost entirely LGBTQ+ casts are putting the spotlight on the talent and beauty in the transgender community that has long been overlooked.
It's a big move for representation, and indeed many actors, athletes, models, writers, and other public figures are putting themselves forward to create new spaces in their industries. Their work inspires young trans people who may be struggling with their identity in a world that sorely lacks representation of LGBTQ+ stories.
It's been more than a year since Elliot Page bravely came out to the world as transgender, and surprised himself by becoming a major high-profile trans icon. He opened up about his post-transition experience in a recent interview with Esquire. "I can't overstate the biggest joy, which is really seeing yourself," he explained. "I know I look different to others, but to me I'm just starting to look like myself. It's indescribable, because I'm just like, there I am. And thank God. Here I am." Page revealed that he worried he'd never feel peace before his transition, when he lived with the constant sensation of wanting to flee his own body. He now feels the joy and peace he never thought was possible. "When I say I couldn't have ever imagined feeling that way, I mean that with every sense of me."
Page also has the unique perspective of a public figure who came out as gay and later came out as trans. Those coming out experiences were drastically different. "Transphobia is just so, so, so extreme. The hatred and the cruelty is so much more incessant," he revealed. Thankfully, Page has also received a great deal of love and support from many people and is happy to be living openly as his true self.
Click through the following gallery to see some of the most legendary trans celebrities, and some of the rising stars, who are changing our worldview for the better.
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