Elliot Page praised by fans for sharing shirtless snap revealing surgery scars
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Elliot Page has been praised by fans for sharing a shirtless snap revealing surgery scars after coming out as transgender.
The Umbrella Academy actor publicly came out about his transition back in December 2020, sharing the news with fans on social media, where he also revealed he would now go by the name Elliot.
Three months after the announcement, Elliot became the first openly trans man to appear on the cover of Time Magazine.
The Juno star recently posted a picture on Instagram along with a caption that described how much of an impact gender-affirming care made to his life.
He wrote: "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-shirt].
"It feels so f***ing good soaking in the sun now, I never thought I could experience this, the joy 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. #transjoy."
The 36-year-old's post garnered more than 980,000 likes and over 7,500 comments.
The snap was highly appreciated by his followers who piled into the comments to either offer their side of the story or congratulatory messages.
One commented: "I will never understand how anyone could be upset about you living a joyful life."
Another thanked the actor and said: "This is hyping me up! I have top surgery in FIFTY days! ❤️ Thank you for this reminder!"
A third added: "Gender affirming care is MEDICAL CARE! ❤️👏 It treats a potentially deadly medical condition, and gives people back their lives. So thrilled to see your joy and euphoria - everyone deserves to feel this way in their own body! ❤️❤️❤️."
Another follower chimed in: "So grateful to witness this new and free expression of you!"
While a fifth said: "This is my first summer post top surgery. Wearing tank tops is my new favourite thing. So freeing! Thank you for being an inspiration to so many!"
Elliot's memoir Pageboy is due to be published on 6 June and is described as 'a ground-breaking coming-of-age memoir' by publisher Flatiron Books.
The actor has been a strong voice for the LGBTQ+ community, taking to Instagram in December last year to talk about trans rights, he wrote: "Writing a book has come up a few times over the years, but it never felt right and quite frankly, it didn’t feel possible. 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. It's out next June, and I'm so excited to share its cover with you now. At many points in my life, it felt unbearable to be in front of a camera, but making this cover with acclaimed photographer Catherine Opie was a joyful experience that I will never forget.
"Trans people are facing increasing attacks, from physical violence to the banning of healthcare, and our humanity is regularly debated in the media. 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.
"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.
"Pageboy is on shelves on June 6. Pre-order at the link in my bio, ElliotPageBook.com."