The actress formerly known as Ellen Page (Juno, X-Men, Umbrella Academy) has just announced that she/he/they is/are transgender and from now on will be known as Elliot Page.
Apparently this is big news in the LBGTQ community and the BBC, which could never be accused of being non-PC, reported on the story by referring to Page as he and using the male third person pronoun in its report.
"I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer," he wrote on Twitter.
On the other hand, CNN reported that Page is now non-binary (neither man nor woman) and would use the terms 'he' or 'they' and continued the report in the non-binary pronoun.
I think I know the difference between sex and gender, the latter clearly being easier to manipulate, but I must admit to being confused.
I was always under the impression that non-binary was just that - neither male nor female - with the appropriate gender-free pronouns being used. However on this occasion, we are being asked to refer to Page as 'he' or 'they', so which is it?
By the way, Page is married to a woman, is a lesbian and therefore by default is a woman, which is why many are confused over her gender crisis.
The question I have is a simple one: does Elliot now identify as a man? It's not clear.— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) December 1, 2020