Nearly two months after coming out as transgender, Elliot Page (formerly Ellen) has officially divorced from dancer Emma Portner after three years of marriage. In a statement released on Tuesday, the couple confirmed that they still remain friends despite the split.
“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce following our separation last summer,” the statement read, as reported by Fox News. “We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends.”
There is no indication that Elliot Page’s transgender identity contributed to the breakup. When Page announced the switch, Portner celebrated it on her Instagram page.
“I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much,” Portner said at the time.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, Page came out as transgender and non-binary in early December 2020, roughly six years after coming out as a lesbian.
“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” Page said in a statement posted to Twitter. “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.”
Page openly worried about the dangers of coming out as trans.
“The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women,” Page asserted.
Page then called out the “the political leaders” who “want to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist.”
“[Y]ou have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of 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 ‘cancelled,’ you are hiring people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks,” Page wrote.
Page has been an LGBT activist for several years now and has specifically targetted religious conservatives. In 2019, for instance, Page appeared on the “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to claim that now-former Vice President Mike Pence was responsible for hate crimes committed against gay and trans people, citing Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax attack as evidence.
“[Pence] has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana,” Page said, “and I think the thing we need to know and I hope my show ‘Gaycation’ did this in terms of connecting the dots in terms of what happened the other day to Jussie. I don’t know him personally, I send all of my love.”
“Connect the dots. This is what happens. If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen?” she added.
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