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Elliot Page tells Oprah that transition surgery was ‘life-saving’




The critically acclaimed actor spoke with Winfrey on Apple TV + for his first interview since he announced that he is transgender.

Speaking about his surgery, Page said, “I want people to know that not only has it changed my life for me, but I think it saves lives and it’s the case for so many people.”

When Winfrey asked him what had caused him the “greatest joy” since the transition, the actor got excited and said the little things provided him with the greatest happiness.

“It’s, you know, coming out of the shower and the towel is left around your waist, and you look in the mirror and you’re like,‘ There I am, ’” he said.

“And I don’t have the moment when I’m panicking … It’s possible to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body probably for the first time.”

“This is incredibly new,” he added. “I feel like I haven’t been myself since I was 10.”

The Oscar-nominated star of films such as “Juno” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” shared her trans identity in an open letter last December.

In March he became the first transgender man to appear on the cover of Time magazine.

His interview with Winfrey, which aired in full on Friday, comes in the middle of a record year of anti-transgender legislation in the United States, according to defense groups.

Thirty-three states have been introduced more than 100 tickets which seek to curb the rights of trans people across the country.
On April 6, Arkansas became the first state to outlaw the treatment that gender affirms to minors, a move that the American Civil Liberties Union said would “send a terrible and heartbreaking message” to transgender youth across the country.

“The reality of health care is that it is supported by medical institutions and it saves lives,” Page said, discussing some of the bills.

“The children will die,” he added. “And it’s really that simple.”