Elliot Page becomes the first trans man to appear on the cover of Time magazine

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

Elliot Page became the first transgender man to appear on the cover of Time, as the Canadian actor opened up about his decision to come out last year.

The 34-year-old, whose movie credits include ‘Inception’ and two installments of the ‘X-Men’ franchise, will appear on the cover of the magazine’s upcoming issue under the caption ‘I Am Who I Am Fully’.

This is Page’s first major interview since going public with her gender identity in December. Speaking to Time reporter Katy Steinmetz, he described the mixed reaction to the announcement, made via Instagram, in which he revealed his pronouns like “he” and “they”.

“What I expected was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hate and transphobia,” Page reportedly said. “That’s basically what happened.”

The actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role in 2008’s ‘Juno’, also opened up about his childhood, saying he “felt like a boy” from a young age. He recalled the “sense of triumph” at being allowed to cut his hair short when he was 9 years old.

Page, who was previously gay in 2014, also opened up about having surgery, a decision he described as “completely changing my life”. He goes on to discuss the struggle for trans equality, as well as the entertainment industry’s “overwhelming norms” and “pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity.”

“Hugely influential people are spreading these myths and damaging rhetoric – every day you see our existence debated,” he said in the interview. “Transgender people are so real.”

Page pictured in Toronto in 2019, more than a year before going public with her gender identity. Credit: Rich Polk/Getty Images

The cover was photographed by trans photographer Wynne Neilly, who posted the cover image to Instagram on Tuesday, describing it as a “dream assignment.”

“I wanted it and worked on it for so many years,” Neilly wrote in the caption. “I’m so proud of Elliot and so grateful to the trans seniors who risked everything to make this moment happen.”

Page also posted the cover to Instagram, writing, “With deep respect for those who came before me, gratitude for those who supported me, and great concern for the generation of young trans people we all need to protect, join me in speaking out against anti-trans legislation, hate and discrimination in all its forms.”

Top image caption: Cover of Time magazine with Page. Courtesy of TIME.