Ellen Page publicly comes out as a transgender male named Elliot, says: ‘My pronouns are he/they’


Ellen Page publicly comes out as a transgender male named Elliot telling fans in a statement: ‘My pronouns are he/they’

  • The 33-year-old Oscar-nominated actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional statement with the revelation 
  • It began: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, My pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot’
  • The Umbrella Academy star’s statement also came with changes to the social media account as it is now @TheElliotPage 
  • Elliot has been married to wife Emma Portner since 2018; Emma voiced her support for her partner on Instagram, writing, ‘I am so proud of @elliotpage’
  • The actor, who shot to global fame after starring in 2007 movie Juno alongside Jason Bateman, publicly came out as gay in 2016

Oscar-nominated star Ellen Page has come out as a transgender male named Elliot, six years after he publicly revealed he was gay.

The 33-year-old actor, who has been married to dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional statement with the revelation, 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 have arrived at this place in my life.’ 

Elliot, who received an Oscar nod for their role in the hit 2008 movie Juno, asking his followers and fans for ‘patience’, admitting that he is ‘scared’ of the ‘invasiveness, the hate, the jokes, and of the violence’ that he may face moving forward.  

‘My job is real, but it is also fragile,’ the actor said, adding: ‘The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared.’

Opening up: Oscar-nominated star Ellen Page (seen in March 2014)  has come out as a transgender male named Elliot

'I feel lucky to be writing this': The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation

‘I feel lucky to be writing this’: The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the revelation

Support: Elliot has been married to professional dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, having come out as gay in 2016

Support: Elliot has been married to professional dancer and choreographer Emma Portner since 2018, having come out as gay in 2016

Emotional: Emma took to Instagram shortly after Elliot shared his statement to offer public words of support, writing, 'Shine on sweet E. Love you so much'

Emotional: Emma took to Instagram shortly after Elliot shared his statement to offer public words of support, writing, ‘Shine on sweet E. Love you so much’

Elliot thanked his loved ones for their support through his journey, expressing his ‘overwhelming gratitude’ for helping him to reach a stage where he felt comfortable to ‘pursue his authentic self’. 

Shortly after the actor posted his statement, his wife Emma voiced her public support for Elliot on Instagram, while reiterating her partner’s plea for patience. 

‘I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world,’ Emma wrote.

‘I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.’

Elliot’s decision to publicly reveal that he is transgender comes almost three years after the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony, having only been dating publicly for six months.  

The actor also gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place.

They wrote: ‘I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.

‘I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.’  

The actor, who most recently starred in Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy, also revealed changes to his official social media accounts, posting on Twitter under the username @TheElliotPage, and on Instagram as @elliotpage. 

Star: Elliot (seen in November 2019) thanked their loved ones for their support through his journey and gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place

Star: Elliot (seen in November 2019) thanked their loved ones for their support through his journey and gave credit to the trailblazers in transgender community who have already made the world a better place

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Fmr Trump campaign official Carter Page files $75M lawsuit against FBI and DOJ


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Carter Page, a former Trump campaign official, sues a number of officials involved in the Russia probe for illegally spying on him.

On Friday, Page filed the 59-page suit to seek $75 million from the U.S. government as well as individuals involved in Operation Crossfire Hurricane, which includes former FBI Director James Comey and FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe.

Page claimed he was unlawfully spied on during the 2017 investigation. He said the FBI did not have probable cause to lawfully obtain a FISA warrant against him.

Through the FISA warrant, the FBI wiretapped the former campaign official for roughly a year as the organization suspected he was a recruitment target of Russian intelligence agents.

However, the warrant for such spying was based in part on the infamously flawed Steele Dossier, which was paid for by prominent Democrats.

In 2019, the Department of Justice released a report on various issues within the FISA process after looking further into the FBI’s probe into President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

President Trump has frequently condemned the investigation and its abuse of the FISA application process.

In early November, McCabe confessed he would not have signed off on the warrant to spy on Page had he known it contained inaccurate information.

Since the investigation, Page has been exonerated by special counsel Robert Mueller. The investigation ultimately found no criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

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Meme page sex claim defamed NRL great’s daughter, jury finds


A jury has ruled NRL great Mark Geyer’s daughter was defamed by a Facebook meme that wrongly identified her at the centre of a rugby league sex scandal.

Montanna Geyer had sued the man she claimed published two memes – posted on NRL Memes and NRL Quality Memes respectively – on March 4, 2019, that named her as the woman shown in Panthers star Tyrone May’s infamous sex tape.

“The bird in the Tyrone May video is Mark Geyer’s daughter. Happy days at Penrith,” one of the memes read. “This is getting spicy,” said the caption, complete with a flame emoji and photo of Ms Geyer above a screenshot from the sex tape.

Fouad Ghosn, the western Sydney man accused of owning the offending pages, denied posting the material and claimed in court he had never used social media in his life.

After a week-long defamation trial before the District Court, a four-man jury found against him in the case of NRL Memes.

However, it ruled in his favour in regards to the almost identical NRL Quality Memes post.

Ms Geyer told the court on Tuesday the posts left her feeling “completely broken” and paranoid about leaving the house.

The jury ruled she was defamed on six grounds, including that she was intimately involved in Mr May’s sex scandal, that she was the woman in the video and that she was an “indecent and lewd person” who allowed Mr May to film her during sex for the purpose of sharing with others.

Ms Geyer is seeking damages over the saga.

In his closing address, Mr Ghosn’s barrister Jonathan Cohen told the jury there was a “concerted campaign” to make it appear his client was behind the posts for reasons he could not explain.

“We don’t really know why … somebody would want to link the defendant to these particular memes,” he said.

Mr Cohen said it was a “mystery” how a photo of Ms Geyer’s statement of claim came to be posted by NRL Memes after it was hand-delivered to Mr Ghosn’s house on May 23, 2019. “Clearly someone got their hands on it,” he said.

He said Ms Geyer’s lawyers had not proven his client had anything to do with the meme pages and went as far as to call screenshots of NRL Memes posts tendered as evidence in court “highly suspicious”.

That drew a rebuke from Judge Judith Gibson who told the jury that the documents should be presumed as genuine, as the court had robust tests in place and their authenticity was not challenged during the trial.

Roger Rasmussen, Ms Geyer’s barrister, said Mr Cohen’s claim was “deliberately intended to hide the defendant’s involvement in this case because he knows he published a statement of claim on that website … and he cannot explain it.”

Mr Ghosn was also unable to explain under cross-examination why a photo of 2GB’s Ray Hadley – complete with a disparaging caption – appeared on the page soon after Mr Hadley had “outed” him as the NRL Memes page owner on the radio.

On Thursday Mr Rasmussen repeatedly asked Mr Ghosn, 24, if he was “lying” in his evidence about never having used social media.

The journalism graduate denied that accusation and told the court he didn’t use platforms such as Facebook and Instagram because he did not “believe in it”.

Mr Rasmussen said in his closing address that claim was “beggaring belief”, and Mr Ghosn’s assertion a since-deleted Facebook profile bearing his name and photo was not his should not be trusted.

“It is more than the balance of probabilities that Mr Ghosn published both of those memes,” he said.

“As you heard from every single witness, everybody at that time was talking about the Tyrone May sex scandal and the videos.”

Everyone also knew his client was Mr Geyer’s daughter, Mr Rasmussen told the jury.

The matter will return to court next Friday, November 20, for a damages hearing.



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Montanna Geyer: Meme page sex claim defamed NRL great’s daughter, jury finds


A jury has ruled NRL great Mark Geyer’s daughter was defamed by Facebook memes that wrongly identified her at the centre of a rugby league sex scandal.

Montanna Geyer had sued the man she claimed published two memes – posted on NRL Memes and NRL Quality Memes respectively – on March 4, 2019, which named her as the woman shown in Panthers star Tyrone May’s infamous sex tape.

“The bird in the Tyrone May video is Mark Geyer’s daughter. Happy days at Penrith,” one of the memes read. “This is getting spicy,” said the caption, complete with a flame emoji.

Fouad Ghosn, the western Sydney man accused of owning the offending pages, denied posting the material and claimed in court he had never used social media in his life.

After a week-long defamation trial before the District Court, a four-man jury found against him in the case of NRL Memes.



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Australian Defence Force turns a page on its paper archives with mammoth digitisation project


One page at a time, Michael Buxton is meticulously preserving the memories of Australia’s war heroes.

He is one of the many workers undertaking an administrative task of epic proportions — digitising Australian Defence Force (ADF) medical and personnel documents, photos, training files and campaign logs from World War II through to the 1970s.

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of files will need to be archived.

The ADF says the collection stretches the equivalent of 130 kilometres, and expects its multi-million-dollar digitisation project to take five years.

The files are stored in four locations with boxes from the Victoria Barracks in Melbourne being sent to Mr Buxton’s workplace Ability Works, which employs people with a disability.

Mr Buxton, who has Down syndrome, has been employed at Ability Works for nearly two decades and is also heavily involved in several theatre companies.

His role includes removing staples from the records, straightening out creases and fixing up any tears before they are sent off to be scanned.

Mr Buxton’s family has historic links to the ADF.(ABC Melbourne: Kristian Silva)

After the files have been scanned, quality control checks are then undertaken by Ability Works and the ADF.

It’s a job Mr Buxton does with a sense of pride, and he feels he is adding to his family’s legacy. Mr Buxton’s great-grandfather and grandfather both served overseas, and his brother is a current ADF member.

Mr Buxton’s father is also a former army reservist.

Old documents could be eventually destroyed

A close-up of a folder of records from an Australian war veteran
Some of the folders take hours to sort and scan.(ABC Melbourne: Kristian Silva)

Mardi Jarvis, the assistant secretary of regional services at the Department of Defence, said the digital files would be made available to veterans, family members, historians and ex-service affiliated organisations like the RSL.

“At the moment we are retaining the hard copy files. We hope into the future we will get to the stage where we’re confident to destroy those.”

The ADF currently receives about 43,000 requests a year for information contained in the records, and manually locating and extracting information can take up to a month.

The files are often called upon by veterans making compensation claims.

Sharon Harnett, the director of Defence Archives and Service Centres, said the department was looking for further opportunities to include more people marginalised from the workforce in the digitisation project.



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WWE wrestling news: Wrestler breaks legs in backyard match, amputation, Justin, GoFundMe page


Before we go any further let’s just reiterate the graphic warning above. Please don’t read another word if you get triggered by graphic injuries.

Because this double leg break is about as gruesome as it gets.

Amateur wrestler Justin was excited to take part in a backyard match but was rushed to intensive care before it even got started after his planned dramatic entrance went completely wrong.

The engaged father-of-one jumped and spun from the second rope of the ring but when his feet hit the mat his knees bent backwards and both of his legs broke.

Justin’s fiancee Ashley has started a GoFundMe page because he doesn’t have health insurance and is staring at $200,000 worth of medical bills.

“It’s obviously cringeworthy for anybody, but to see it happen to someone you love so much and knowing that amputation is a huge possibility, it’s gut-wrenching,” Ashley said.

She detailed his progress to date on the fundraising page.

“Since his injuries, Justin has had three surgeries with rods and pins put in his left leg with an additional surgery scheduled this week. Physicians are working hard to determine if amputation will be necessary,” she wrote.

“He’ll ultimately be faced with a long road to recovery starting with a two week minimum hospital stay.

“His son, fiancee, family and friends are asking for donations in support of his medical expenses as Justin does not have insurance.

“Yes $200,000 seems incredibly steep, however the hospital stay, numerous surgeries, medical equipment, the countless months of physical therapy ahead, and even handicapping his home will far exceed this request.”

Footage of Justin’s fall went viral on social media and some rough feedback has added to an already rough year for the man from Delaware.

media_cameraJustin and his son need your help.

“Though the internet has been a mixed bag of concern and distasteful cruelty, Justin has remained lighthearted in his situation. However, no amount of money will cover the emotional damage he will continue to endure through the aftermath of this horrible accident, so any offerings would help,” Ashley wrote.

“Justin has been through so much physically in the last few days, on top of a recent custody battle, and losing his father this past Christmas. He will sincerely appreciate any contributions to alleviate this unfortunate financial burden. At very minimum, we simply ask you to pray for Justin.”

One of wrestling’s stars has chipped in to help with his medical expenses. Chris Jericho, currently starring in AEW after a long career in WWE, donated $2,000.

“That was so terrible!!!!!” Jericho told TMZ when asked why he donated.

At the time of publish $17,000 had been raised.

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Paige VanZant Instagram, OnlyFans page, photos, videos


Former UFC star Paige VanZant has revealed her shock at getting requests for naked pictures in exchange for money.

The fighter revealed fans sent her cash expecting X-rated content in return while also asking her to start an OnlyFans account.

The 26-year-old regularly posts saucy pictures of herself on social media but draws the line at adult content.

VanZant is now signed to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and revealed details of previous requests during a recent Q&A with her husband Austin Vanderford.

“Austin and I did a fan question [session] where you guys could write in,” she said.

“There were 200 questions and about 20 of them were ‘Hey, why don’t you make an OnlyFans?’

“Basically, I said, ‘I’m not going to make an OnlyFans but if you really want to send me money and you appreciate the things I post on Instagram, you can Venmo me.

“I was like, ‘go ahead and send me money so you can show me appreciation.

“I did have a lot of people Venmo me, which I did not expect to happen. Five or 10 people sent me money and thought that they would be receiving an explicit picture.

“That was absolutely not what was going to happen.

“I’m sorry for the confusion and for anybody who sent me money, hoping to get nudes or anything like that.

“The point is, I’m not doing an OnlyFans because I’m not going to do that kind of stuff.

“I went and donated all the money that was sent to me to a charity here in Florida because it just felt weird.

“It was a dumb joke but no, I’m not going to make an OnlyFans. End of that – don’t send me any money.

“And I definitely do not judge any males, any females who are on OnlyFans.

“It’s just not for me at this stage of my life, so everybody who keeps asking on social media, you’re not going to convince me.”

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All Blacks vs Wallabies, full page advertisement in newspaper


A Wallabies fan has taken a shot at the All Blacks after taking out a full-page advertisement ahead of a new era of Australia rugby union under coach Dave Rennie.

The Wallabies begin their Bledisloe Cup campaign in Wellington on Sunday.

And Australian fan Chris Walker, 81, has paid for an advertisement to encourage the team.

He also took the Kiwis to task for “losing respect” for the Australian game as the Wallabies attempt to end an 18-year Bledisloe Cup drought.

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“If we had a chance to choose whom from the world’s countries we wanted for neighbours, most of us would go for Kiwis,” Walker wrote.

“They think like us, they’re not short of ticker and we’ve been in trenches with them over 100 years.

“However, they’ve lost respect for us as a rugby country. This clearly shows with their administrators. This needs to be corrected.

“All of Australia is with you. We’ve been quarantined out of NZ so you’re not going to get any ground support. Forget it, we are with you.”

Walker’s advertisement comes amid growing tensions between the two nations.

The intense financial pressures the COVID-19 pandemic has created in an already cash-strapped sport have opened up deep divisions over Rugby Championship scheduling and the future of the southern hemisphere Super Rugby club competition.

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan admitted relations with his New Zealand counterparts were at an all-time low.

“There is respect there, but the relationship is at probably the lowest ebb it’s ever been,” McLennan said.

The result has been threats of boycotts, accusations of misrepresentation and a steady stream of potshots hurled from both sides of the Tasman Sea.

The Wellington Test was in danger of not going ahead when Australia coach Dave Rennie complained that New Zealand’s strict border controls would prevent his team training together, leaving them ill-prepared to face the All Blacks.

“Under those quarantine arrangements, I can assure you we won’t be playing a Test that weekend,” Rennie said, prompting officials in Wellington to back down and ease the rules.

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The Australians then further angered New Zealand by scheduling their final Test on December 12, meaning players face the prospect of spending Christmas in isolation under New Zealand’s two-week quarantine requirements.

“I’ve had one player that has barged in my door and said, ‘I’m not playing at Christmas’,” New Zealand coach Ian Foster revealed.

The Australians countered that if the Kiwis had been hosting they would have forced the Wallabies into Christmas isolation, and claimed New Zealand Rugby had signed off on a schedule that included the December 12 Test.

New Zealand Rugby denied both allegations, saying it had been “blindsided”, and has not ruled out boycotting the final Rugby Championship fixture.

“We do challenge those that have made comments concerning NZR’s integrity, we defend our position and we’re firm on it,” NZR chairman Brent Impey said, insisting New Zealand never agreed to a Test on the disputed date.



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