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Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people, elliot Page will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are. We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today.
Zeke Smith, and transgender people like him, are not deceiving anyone by being their authentic selves, and it is dangerous and unacceptable to out a transgender person, it is heartening, however, to see the strong support for Zeke from the other people in his tribe. Moments like this prove that when people from all walks of life get to know a transgender person, they accept us for who we are.
As a transgender man myself, I see a lot of show runners coming to me and asking about any transgender actors I know of, that's how it's been - a loose network of transgender people who have these databases of friends and acquaintances. Otherwise the casting system is just not set up to search for them.