What Is Deadnaming and Why Is It Harmful?

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On December 1, Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page announced that they are transgender. In a beautiful post to their social media accounts, the Canadian actor known for their star turns in Juno and The Umbrella Academy opened up to fans, writing: “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.” Page went on thank those in the trans community who came before them, sharing their joy but also fear over reactions to their news. “My joy is real but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared,” the actor wrote. “To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full…

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