Elliot Page recently shared a distressing incident of transphobic violence he experienced in Los Angeles. The Oscar-nominated actor described how a man confronted him, unleashing a barrage of homophobic and transphobic slurs.
In his recently released memoir, Pageboy, Page revealed an aggressive encounter with a “famous a**hole” at a Los Angeles party who dismissed the existence of being gay.
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A Transphobe Allegedly assaulted Elliot Page
Page recently opened up about a shocking incident of transphobic violence he experienced last year. In a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, the 36-year-old actor shared the harrowing details of an encounter outside his hotel in Los Angeles.
Page, who publicly came out as transgender in 2020 and now goes by the name Elliot, described how a man confronted him while walking to a nearby convenience store at the intersection of Sunset and La Cienega in West Hollywood.
The aggressor unleashed a torrent of homophobic and transphobic slurs, yelling, “I’m going to f**king gay bash you, f**got.” The actor shared that he sought refuge inside the convenience store, seeking employee assistance. However, the assailant continued his hateful tirade, exclaiming, “This is why I need a gun!”
Page shared that such traumatizing incidents have left him feeling significantly less secure during his visits to the City of Angels. “Now when I’m in Los Angeles, I don’t feel comfortable like I used to go for walks,” he told the publication, per Daily Mail.
The Oscar-nominated actor acknowledged that while he may be able to afford private security and stay in secure hotel rooms, it does not negate the trauma of such incidents.
“Doesn’t mean it’s not traumatic. But I have resources that, in every instance that is difficult, protect and can shield me from these things,” Page told the outlet.
Elliot Page Was Confronted By A ‘Famous A**hole’ At A Party
This new revelation comes on the heels of Page sharing another distressing memory from 2014 when he was confronted by a “famous a**hole” at a Los Angeles party who dismissed the existence of being gay.
In his memoir titled Pageboy, the Canadian-born actor candidly recounted the incident in a chapter named “Famous A**hole at Party.” While the actor’s identity remains undisclosed in the book, Page shed light on the hurtful encounter.
According to an excerpt obtained by People magazine, the “Umbrella Academy” star referred to the actor as an “acquaintance,” questioning the validity of Page’s sexual orientation.
The actor allegedly uttered the words, “You aren’t gay. That doesn’t exist. You are just afraid of men.” Shockingly, the conversation turned even darker when the actor declared, “I’m going to f**k you to make you realize you aren’t gay.”
Days later, Page revealed that he ran into the actor at the gym, who insisted, saying, “I don’t have a problem with gay people, I swear.” To which Page responded, “I think you might.” Though Page chose not to reveal the actor’s name, he shared that the individual will recognize themselves when confronted with the story.
Elliot Page Highlights The Realities Of Queer Individuals In His Memoir
The page included the story about the homophobic actor in his memoir to underscore the harsh realities that queer and trans individuals regularly encounter. “I’ve had some version of that happen many times. A lot of queer and trans people deal with it incessantly. These moments that we often like don’t talk about, or we’re supposed to brush off when it’s awful,” he said.
The page also shared that he has experienced variations of such incidents throughout his life, stating, “I put that story in the book because it’s about highlighting the reality, the s**t we deal with and what gets sent to us constantly, particularly in environments that are predominantly cis and heterosexual.”
He added, “How we navigate that world where you have more extreme, overt moments like that. Or you have the more, like, subtle jokes. [In Hollywood] these are compelling people. They’re the ones choosing what stories are being told and creating content for people to see all around the world.”
In excerpts obtained by People, Page revealed a secret relationship with actress Kate Mara after he publicly came out as gay in 2014. At the time, Mara was in a relationship with actor Max Minghella.
Page also reminisced about an encounter at a gay bar a few months before their breakthrough film “Juno” premiere in 2008. During this visit, Page crossed paths with a woman named Paula, who unknowingly became instrumental in helping him confront the feelings of shame he had been grappling with.
The actor’s memoir, spanning 288 pages, has been a significant undertaking for Page, who was reportedly paid a substantial sum exceeding $3 million to share their story. The book, published by Flatiron Books, was released on June 6, offering readers an intimate and revealing insight into Page’s life and experiences.