- Elliot Page spoke with Oprah Winfrey about gender dysphoria and top surgery in an exclusive interview.
- The actor said it was free to have the gender-confirming procedure.
- Top surgery is a common procedure that removes the breasts to make the breast more masculine.
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Elliot Page opened up about getting top surgeries in his first interview since coming out as a transgender in December 2020.
Page told Oprah Winfrey that his gender dysphoria – or acute distress that occurs when a person’s gender does not match their body – was awful between the time he filmed “Juno”
“It felt impossible to communicate to people how bad I was,” he said. “I could not express the degree of pain I was in.”
Page told Winfrey getting the gender reassignment procedure performed was a “liberating, liberating experience.” The Oscar-nominated actor said that simple everyday tasks like showering and looking at his body became so much easier.
The “The Umbrella Academy” actor told Winfrey that he felt he had an obligation to come out as a trans to help trans youth feel less alone, especially in light of the struggle that lawmakers are fighting against trans rights.
“It felt important and selfish for myself and my own well-being and my mental health,” he said. “And also with this platform, I have the privilege I have, and to know the pain and the difficulties and the struggles I have had in my life, let alone what so many other people face, it felt absolutely crucial and important to me. to share it. “
The full interview with “The Oprah Conversation” airs April 30 on Apple TV +.
What is a top surgery procedure?
Top surgery is a common gender reassignment procedure that transgender people with breasts undergo to treat
The procedure, also known as a mastectomy, is intended to remove a person’s breasts and contour the breast to look flatter and more masculine.
There are six types of top surgeries, but the most common is double incision – which usually leaves patients with a flat breast and two scars under the chest muscles that can fade over time.
Page said getting top surgery gave him the gender euphoria he had not felt since he was a child.
“This is incredibly new. I feel like I haven’t been myself since I was 10 years old,” Page told Winfrey.