The 26-year-old professional dancer called their partner's existence a gift and supported the actor embracing his identity.
A day after Elliot Page came out as trans and non-binary, his wife, Emma Portner, has voiced their support for the actor from Juno and Umbrella Academy. The 33-year-old actor came out as trans in a statement on Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday. Portner, a 26-year-old professional dancer, shared Elliot's message on their own Instagram page before supporting the actor. "I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience and privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day," wrote Portner in the caption, before adding, "Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much." Emma Portner and Elliot Page got married in 2018.
"I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot,” wrote the X-Men actor in a heartfelt note on Tuesday, reported USA Today. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity, and for ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society," added the 33-year-old actor.
.@TheElliotPage has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him. All trans people deserve to be accepted. https://t.co/Ba7HOBgU5G pic.twitter.com/qFR1qG4H6q— GLAAD (@glaad) December 1, 2020
Congratulation, Elliot, in committing to the full expression of your self and being so open and candid about it. You have made this world a more tolerant and loving place with your commitment, courage, and vulnerability. We are lucky to have public figures like you.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 2, 2020
As we reported, the Oscar-nominated actor said he was happy to come out as trans but feared a backlash. "I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared," he wrote. "I’m scared of invasiveness, the hate, the “jokes” and of violence." The Umbrella Academy actor continued, "To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences."
Having someone so highly visible say, “I see you. I love you and I will do everything I can to change the world for the better,” is comforting.https://t.co/9u82ZSTrLI— ACLU (@ACLU) December 2, 2020
.@TheElliotPage -- thank you for sharing your truth with us, and for shining a bright light on the challenges too many in our community face. We are proud of you, and we love you. And we will never stop fighting alongside you for change. https://t.co/RIKfXQeHxy— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 1, 2020
Elliot also highlighted the transgender community being targeted and also called out politicians who actively worked to criminalize trans health care and spew hatred towards to community. "You unleash a fury vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being "canceled," you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks," wrote Elliot.
Page concluded his post by writing, "I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better." The actor signed off with, "Thank you for reading this. All my love, Elliot." Netflix celebrated Page's announcement on Twitter. "So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can't wait to see you return in season 3!" wrote Netflix, referring to Page's role as Vanya Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy, a Netflix original. The streaming service also updated Page's information across the different titles on its platform.