Elliot Page said that a film that helped him deal with some of his issues as a young LGBTQ person was “But I’m a Cheerleader”.
“But I’m a Cheerleader,” is a comedy that was released in 1999. It is about a high school student who is sent to a gay conversion program when her parents were inclined to think that she is gay.
At the film festival’s ending night gala in Los Angeles,Page received an Outfest’s Achievement Award. In his speech, he said, “I for one know that without the various representation that I was able to stumble upon as a kid and a teenager — there was very little — I just don’t know if I would have made it.
“I don’t know if I would have made it through the moments of isolation and loneliness and shame and self-hatred that was so extreme and powerful and all-encompassing that you could hardly see out of it.”, he continued.
“And then, you know, at 15, when you are flipping through the channels and you stumble on ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ and the dialogue in that film, and scenes in that film just transform your life,”
“I almost think we don’t talk enough about how important representation is and enough about how many lives it saves and how many futures it allows for.”, he concluded
Page came out as transgender in December. He starred in Oscar-winning projects like “Juno” and “The Umbrella Academy”