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Trans Actor Elliot Page Explains Why LGBTQ Films Are Not ‘Niche’ Anymore

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Elliot Page criticized Hollywood producers who view queer films as niche.

Speaking at a film festival, Page argued that if surveys find 30% of youth identify as LGBTQQIAAP2S+, then LGBTQ-themed films cannot be niche.

“I hate that I have to say [that I feel lucky] because it should not be the case, and we should have lots of trans actors,” Page said.

Page recounted coming out as transgender to the showrunner of The Umbrella Academy and praised the accommodating rewrite of their character.

Page stars in Close to You, about a woman’s transition surgery and feelings for a man from her past.

Page said showing the experience of playing shirtless post-transition was important to open minds.

Page, who uses he/they pronouns and identifies as non-binary, also argued that acting awards should be gender-neutral like some major awards now are.

“Yeah, it seems like a good idea,” Page said. “And, again, this sort of unusual aspect of that being the only category, right, where that sort of happens? So, hopefully, we start moving beyond that degree of binary thinking.”

Page advocated for greater representation of transgender actors and moving beyond a binary view of gender in film and awards categories.

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