In his first television interview since transgender, actor Elliott Page said gender mainstreaming was “life-saving” and warned of the deadly effects of legislative attacks on the rights of people who are transgender.
In a candid conversation with Oprah Winfrey on her show “Oprah’s Conversation” on Friday, Paige discussed her difficult journey to going out and the relief she has felt since then, telling Winfrey she wants to show how important adequate resources and health are for transgender individuals.
The page came out as a transgender in, and in an interview with in March, he announced that he had undergone top surgery. Speaking to Winfrey on Friday, Paige said she now felt more like herself and that small moments, such as when seen in a mirror, lead to “tears of joy.”
It comes out of the shower and the towel is around your waist, and you look at yourself in the mirror and you’re just like “Here I am.” And I don’t have the moment to panic. I don’t have all these little moments, “Paige said.” Just being in a T-shirt. It is able to touch my chest and make me feel comfortable in my body – for, perhaps for the first time. “
Now, Paige said, he has “newfound energy because it’s such a liberating, liberating experience.”
He described the experience as an “interesting dichotomy.” He said, “On some level, it feels just like the most miraculous, amazing thing, and it’s also something like the experience of oh, here I am.”
But, he explained to Winfrey, this newfound feeling is a privilege. “So much of the privilege I have, the opportunity to be here, sitting here right now, is really due to so many colorful trans women who have constantly put their lives in danger throughout history,” Elliott said. “I’m grateful to have access to the resources I had because I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t.”
Paige told Winfrey that he had decided to be open about the fact that he had a top operation to show how important sex-promoting health is to him – and others. “I wanted to share with people how much it has changed my life. And I want people to know that not only do you know, life is changing for me. I believe it’s life-saving and it’s so for so many people,” he said. Paige.
The page also indicated awho seeks to attack the rights of transgender people, especially young people. Legislators have introduced more than 75 bills in 2020 and 2021 that specifically target transgender youth. Many of these bills dictate what health care transgender children can receive and their access to school activities.
“Currently, there is such an attack on trans healthcare, when there is already such a lack of access or trans people who don’t even want to go to the doctor. What you hear from some legislators is really complete and complete – they are lying about it which they say about healthcare, “Paige said. “And the reality of healthcare is that it is maintained by medical facilities and saves lives. And if you do that and if you don’t let trance kids play sports, the kids are going to die, and it’s really that simple. “
Earlier, the Trevor project told CBS News that preliminary data from the organization’s survey in 2021 show that more than 90% of LGBTQ youth say that recent policies have negatively affected their well-being. And a March report from the organization estimates that every 45 seconds, at least one LGBTQ individual in the United States between the ages of 13 and 24 tries to commit suicide.
Paige told Winfrey that she hoped more awareness of the transgender experience would create a better understanding of the issues they face.
“With this platform I have, the privilege I have, and knowing the pain and hardships and struggles I have faced in my life – not to mention what so many other people are facing,” Paige said, “absolutely it felt extremely important and it is important for me to share that. “