LGBTQ film festival Outfest announced on Monday that actor Elliot Page will be honoured at this year’s ceremony with the festival’s Achievement Award.
Last November, Page revealed his public identity as a transgender man. Kieran Medina will present the Achievement Award, the lead programmer of the festival’s Trans and Nonbinary Summit, at Outfest’s closing night gala.
“When determining the recipient of our highest honour, we look for those that have been a powerful representative for our community, that have soared to the highest levels of recognition for their talent and who have stepped into the shoes themselves as an independent filmmaker and creator,” Outfest executive director Damien S. Navarro said in a statement.
“There is no one more poised to receive this year’s Outfest Annual Achievement Award than Elliot,” Navarro continued. “His courage, advocacy and personal journey have made him one of the most admired and respected public figures of his generation and his talent and voice are leading a new generation within the LGBTQIA+ and entertainment community.”
“It gives me great honour to be the recipient of this year’s Outfest Annual Achievement Award and represent the LGBTQ Plus community,” Page said. “Now more than ever, it is so important for our voices to be amplified and represented in film and media, and for people to hear our stories.”
Page currently stars as Vanya Hargreeves on the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.