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‘It is life-saving’: Elliot Page reveals happiness at having had top surgery | Elliot Page | The Guardian

‘It is life-saving’: Elliot Page reveals happiness at having had top surgery | Elliot Page | The Guardian

Actor Elliot Page has revealed how much happier he feels after having top surgery, and described transitioning as “life-saving”.
“I want people to know that not only has it been life-changing for me, I do believe it is life-saving and it’s the case for so many people,” the actor told Oprah Winfrey on her new show for Apple TV+.
During the interview, Page teared up when Winfrey asked him what has brought him the most joy.
Trans kids on the Republican bills targeting them: ‘I’m not a problem to society’ Read more The Oscar-nominated star of Juno, Inception and The Umbrella Academy said it was the little things – like wearing a T-shirt, having a towel around his waist after a shower or touching his chest – that made him “feel comfortable in my body for probably the first time”, looking in the mirror and thinking “Oh, there I am.”
Page said the surgery has given him newfound energy “because it is such a freeing, freeing experience”, adding: “This is incredibly new. I feel like I haven’t gotten to be myself since I was 10 years old.”
He said he has written his first screenplay and is enjoying an “explosion of creativity” after so many years of anxiety, mental health pain and avoiding exploring his identity.
Page described the anguish at being obliged to parade in gowns and a feminine appearance when Juno became a huge hit.
Coming out as gay in 2014 “did relieve some stuff for me, I was extremely closeted all through my 20s … but the discomfort with my body didn’t go away,” he said, explaining that sexual orientation and gender identity are “completely different things”.
He and Oprah discussed how many transgender people do not have surgery to change their bodies, or take hormones, or even want to talk about their transition.
But Page was the first transgender man to be the sole cover figure of Time magazine, and talked about his surgery, and now was doing his first television interview, pointing out that: “My ability to be sitting here now is because of so many trans women of color who put their lives on the line” over the decades.
The full interview from The Oprah Conversation was released on Friday.
Page urged officials to support healthcare for transgender people and allow them access to sports. Republican lawmakers across the US are seeking to curtail gender-affirming care and punish doctors who deliver it, as well as banning trans youth from playing sports.
‘Trans kids are not new’: a historian on the long record of youth transitioning in America Read more “Children will die,” Page said. “And it really is that simple.”
This week, state legislators in Florida rushed through a bill that would ban trans women and girls from participating in school sports. Critics described the move as “cruel and horrific” .
Winfrey pointed out that there are a record 82 pieces of anti-trans legislation being considered in more than two dozen US states.
Page said he thought such moves by conservative Republicans are part of a backlash against the growing visibility of transgender people, using them as political pawns while opposing the Equality Act to provide federal protections for LGBTQ people.
“Some people want to erase trans people,” he said.
Page came out as trans in December, an announcement that was widely greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood. He told Winfrey the decision was “imperative” in light of the violence against trans youth.
“It felt important and selfish for myself and my own wellbeing and my mental health,” he said. “And also with this platform I have, the privilege that I have, and knowing the pain and the difficulties and the struggles I’ve faced in my life, let alone what so many other people are facing, it absolutely felt crucial and important for me to share that.”
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Portland police declare riot, post photos of damage to buildings

Portland protests on May Day devolved into a riot overnight when about 100 people engaged in “autonomous demonstrations” near an ICE facility and police made at least six arrests, including for one individual who allegedly was menacing officers with a knife.The police took to Twitter to post several pictures of the damage to stores in the area. Three Starbucks had their windows shattered and a Hilton in the city was tagged with graffiti. Police also posted what appeared to be an instruction pamphlet on how to make a slingshot with a sling and a hammer. KATU reported that the group arrived at the federal courthouse, which was where the riot was declared.The report said targeted arrests were made and by about 11 p.m., the group dissolved. The station reported that a separate group clashed with federal authorities stationed at the city’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement building. The clash reportedly led to officers firing pepper ball rounds.Several demonstrations happened on May 1 around Portland that remained peaceful, the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement, but one devolved into a riot and downtown businesses were damaged. Windows were damaged downtown on May Day. (Portland Police Bureau) “We appreciate those who engaged in their First Amendment rights this afternoon in a peaceful manner. Once again, under the cover of darkness, several dozen people decided to damage and destroy multiple businesses in our downtown area resulting in a riot,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement . “The situation became extremely dangerous when a man brandished a knife at officers when officers were simply doing their job. The officers appear to have exercised restraint and professionalism and safely apprehended this suspect. I am proud of all of our employees who worked to minimize further damage and arrest some of the criminals involved.”Between 9 and 10 p.m. local time Sunday, one group of about 30 individuals gathered near the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility and another group of about 80 to 100 people gathered in Shemanski Park. Both events had been promoted as “autonomous demonstrations,” according to the Portland Police Bureau, which the department said are “similar to prior events where participants engaged in criminal behavior including arson, assault, vandalism and theft.” A man allegedly threatened officers with a butterfly knife. (Portland Police Bureau) A number of shields were brought to the park, which indicated those within the group intended to engage in criminal acts, police said. The group marched toward City Hall and began engaging in vandalism by breaking windows and spray painting the building. An unlawful assembly was declared and police used a loudspeaker to order the crowd to disperse.A riot was declared as individuals ignored orders to disperse and continued to break windows of businesses. Police said several people used umbrellas to block officers from viewing criminal acts.By 11:30 p.m., the group near the ICE facility had grown to between 50 and 60 people, and, as officers were making a focused arrest, a male in the crowd was trying to push through the officers’ line, the police department said. He allegedly reached into his pocket and pulled a butterfly-type knife on officers from about six feet away. Officers used munitions and the male backed up, then walked away.Jeremiah Day, 22, of Portland, was arrested for menacing officers with a butterfly knife. Day allegedly ran from police for about two blocks after he was located by bicycle officers and still had the knife in his hand when he was being placed under arrest. No officers were injured. Objects seized from demonstrators included a hammer and instructions on how to make a sling shot. (Portland Police Bureau) Officers made several other focused arrests.Phoebe Loomis, 36, of Portland, was charged with second degree criminal mischief, and a helmet, gloves, metal tool, bear spray, and gas mask were seized. Quang Ngyen, 20, of Kent, Wash., was charged with first degree criminal mischief and second degree disorderly conduct. A hammer, sling shot and instructions on how to make a sling shot, were seized. Krystopher Donnelly, 27, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for riot, first degree criminal mischief and resist arrest. Darren Stephens, 36, of Portland, was arrested for a warrant for second degree criminal mischief.Officers earlier had intervened in an altercation at Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Columbia Street, where one person was arrested and a baseball bat was seized. Police said video of the incident circulating online does not capture the entire event “or the portion when the crimes were committed.”Michael Isaacs, 26, of Portland was charged with menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct. Several items, including a baseball bat, body armor, a knife and a flare, were seized, police said.

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