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The event could mark Page’s first major public appearance since he came out as transgender in December. Page, who has since given interviews to Oprah Winfrey and Time, will be honored by Kieran Medina, lead programmer for Outfest’s annual Trans & Nonbinary Summit, at the event, which will be held at L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre.
The honor is given as a way to recognize those who have “made a significant contribution to LGBTQIA+ stories, arts and media visibility.” Todd Haynes, Bill Condon, John Waters, Kimberly Peirce, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Angela Robinson and Nisha Ganatra have received the prize in years past.
Page said it gives him “great honor” to receive the award and represent the LGBTQ+ community. “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.” An Oscar-nominated actor, Page has also dedicated his career to representation and activism, both off-screen as well as on with projects like Gaycation and There’s Something in the Water.
“There is no one more poised to receive this year’s Outfest annual Achievement Award than Elliot,” said Outfest executive director Damien S. Navarro. “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.”
The 5th annual Trans & Nonbinary Summit is set for Aug. 21. It will feature a keynote by Tourmaline, a panel with Zackary Drucker and our Lady J about storytelling in a post-Pose world, a curated shorts program, and a table read of the series Razor Tongue from creator and star Rain Valdez opposite Alexandra Grey, Trace Lysette, Jacob Tobia and others. The summit wraps with a reception to honor Page and the 5th annual milestone.
Also announced today, Outfest Los Angeles is linking up with IMDb to use the platform’s rating system to select the official Outfest Los Angeles Audience Award winners. Among other prizes and recognition, Outfest winners will be eligible to receive a one-year membership to IMDbPro.
Outfest launches Aug. 13 with a first-ever outdoor opening night gala during which the Amazon Prime Video release Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will screen. Bookending the event will be a showing of Fanny: The Right to Rock at the Orpheum on the closing night program on which Page is joined by fellow honoree Octavia Spencer. A full lineup and schedule of events can be found here.
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