You know it’s not really Pride month if we don’t expose the reason why Pride exists in the first place: Discrimination! Well, honestly, Pride is now all about parties and endorsements, however, what its intended use should be is for fighting against discrimination and horrible homophobes. Enter Elliot Page, who has quite a few stories of the things he’s encountered as a gay and trans actor in Tinsel Town. In his memoir, Pageboy Elliot recalls a time after he came out as gay in 2014 (and before his transition in 2020) when he and an unnamed A-list actor were having a conversation about homosexuality, to which the actor replied, “Nah, that’s not real. Lemme give you some dick!” And the reason Elliot added this story to his memoir is because he knows these are the kinds of stories that are relatable for every member of the LGBTQ+ community.
According to IndieWire, Elliot spoke with People about the incident in 2014, and he remained pretty calm about it. And his decision to keep the person who disrespected him a secret further proves he attended one of Sheryl Lee Ralph’s master classes on decorum and sophistication. Because had this been me, I would have immediately spilled all of the tea with a very confident “And what?? Happy Pride!” But then again, decorum and sophistication have no place in my world.
As part of a chapter titled “Famous Asshole at Party,” as excerpted by People magazine, Page wrote about being at a birthday party in Los Angeles where an “acquaintance” questioned his sexuality.
“You aren’t gay. That doesn’t exist. You are just afraid of men,” the actor told Page, adding, “I’m going to fuck you to make you realize you aren’t gay.”
Page recalled seeing the male actor at the gym a few days later, where he said, “I don’t have a problem with gay people I swear.”
The “Juno” actor added, “I’ve had some version of that happen many times throughout my life. 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 just brush off, when actually it’s very awful. I put that story in the book because it’s about highlighting the reality, the shit we deal with and what gets sent to us constantly, particularly in environments that are predominantly cis and heterosexual. How we navigate that world where you either have more extreme, overt moments like that. Or you have the more, like, subtle jokes.”
Elliot also admitted the reason why he’s withholding the person’s name because “he will hear about this and know it’s him.” Although that doesn’t serve us in any way because WE want to know who it is. But not knowing may be in everyone’s best interest since we all might be thinking of the same person, and in reality, it turns out to be Clint Eastwood during another rant where he thought he was talking to a chair again. That still wouldn’t excuse his behavior, though.