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Growing number of transgender people using YouTube to document transition

Transitioning is no easy feat. For the transgender community, the process often comes with a lot of sacrifices. Many face rejection from family and friends, harassment, and even death threats.

Despite being a marginalized population, many individuals are garnering media attention. Isis King was the first trans woman to compete on America’s Next Top Model. Transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox, has become a household name for her work in “Orange is the New Black.”

But despite the stardom, it is still rare for the public to see the transition from beginning to end. Chaz Bono, son of Sonny Bono and Cher, is one of the few. He filmed his entire transition in his documentary “Becoming Chaz.” And now, there is a wave of transgender people documenting their story on social media, like YouTube — using the platforms as a diaries to tell their story any way they choose.

Erin Armstrong, known as Grishno, was the first transgender person to document her transition on Youtube — all over the course of 6 years and more than 200 videos.

Skylar Kergil has over 50 thousand subscribers to his channel Skylarkeleven. He has recorded all the details of his transition for the last 5 years, including testosterone updates and his double mastectomy or “top surgery.”

“I think the coolest thing about it is the act of self -creation and the ability to have control over the presentation of one’s identity, ” Kergil said in a Skype interview with Fusion. “It was all about sort of owning my image through autobiography.”

Credit : Kimberly Brooks, Darwin Phillips

Growing number of transgender people using YouTube to document transition

Transitioning is no easy feat. For the transgender community, the process often comes with a lot of sacrifices. Many face rejection from family and friends, harassment, and even death threats.

Despite being a marginalized population, many individuals are garnering media attention. Isis King was the first trans woman to compete on America’s Next Top Model. Transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox, has become a household name for her work in “Orange is the New Black.”

But despite the stardom, it is still rare for the public to see the transition from beginning to end. Chaz Bono, son of Sonny Bono and Cher, is one of the few. He filmed his entire transition in his documentary “Becoming Chaz.” And now, there is a wave of transgender people documenting their story on social media, like YouTube — using the platforms as a diaries to tell their story any way they choose.

Erin Armstrong, known as Grishno, was the first transgender person to document her transition on Youtube — all over the course of 6 years and more than 200 videos.

Skylar Kergil has over 50 thousand subscribers to his channel Skylarkeleven. He has recorded all the details of his transition for the last 5 years, including testosterone updates and his double mastectomy or “top surgery.”

“I think the coolest thing about it is the act of self -creation and the ability to have control over the presentation of one’s identity, ” Kergil said in a Skype interview with Fusion. “It was all about sort of owning my image through autobiography.”

Credit : Kimberly Brooks, Darwin Phillips

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