Elliot Page is continuing to use his platform to change hearts and minds on what it means to be transgender. As the world's most famous trans men — and one of the most famous people ever to come out as trans, period — he graces the cover of Time.
“I'm fully who I am” sounds a lot like a new “Yep, I'm gay” to me.
... He does remember the acute feeling of triumph when, around age 9, he was finally allowed to cut his hair short. “I felt like a boy,” Page says. “I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday.” Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Page visualized himself as a boy in imaginary games, freed from the discomfort of how other people saw him: as a girl. After the haircut, strangers finally started perceiving him the way he saw himself, and it felt both right and exciting.
It was acting that pulled him back into girl drag — long hair and femininity was a necessity in order to work.
The point of the piece, the gist that underscores how trans people feel and that undercuts the many mocking or even hateful beliefs transphobic people have, seems to lie in his quote:
Transgender people are so very real.
More at Time.com.