Elliot Page is showing off his trans joy in a new shirtless selfie.
The Umbrella Academy actor shared a topless photo on his Instagram page this week, describing the joy and freedom he has now that he’s out as trans and living as his authentic self.
Page has posted shirtless selfies before since he got top surgery, but in this latest one, he explained how the medical procedure was necessary for him to be happy.
“Dysphoria used to be especially rife in the summer,” Page wrote next to a smiling picture of him. “No layers, just a T-shirt - or layers and oh so sweaty - constantly looking down, readjusting my oversized T.”
“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,” he continued. “I am so grateful for what gender affirming care has allowed me and I look forward to sharing more of my journey soon.”
Page will be sharing more of his journey in his upcoming memoir Pageboy, set to be released this summer.
“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,” Page wrote when he announced the book. “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 (@csopie) 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.”