Trisha Paytas came out to her fans on her Youtube Channel as transgender. In her video “I AM TRANSGENDER (FEMALE TO MALE)“. In the 15 minute video, Trisha announced that she is “transgender female to male” but still identifies with her “natural born gender.” Paytas, who is infamous for her trolling videos and emotional outbursts, started trending because she said that she felt more masculine than feminine, that she identifies as a gay man because she is attracted to other gay men and that she loves “glam and voluptuousness.”
“I don’t like to be centre of attention, except when I wanna be centre of attention…When I want to put on a show, I put on the hair, I put on the makeup, I put on the outfits. But if you guys know me on this channel or just in life. I never wear hair and make up in my day to day. I’ve always related to guys on that level.”
– Trisha explains why she identifies as a boy, in her video.
About Trisha Paytas
This American media personality, YouTuber, model, actress, and singer are most famous for her YouTube Channel and her appearance in The Greg Behrendt Show (2006–07), Who Wants to Be a Superhero? (2007), and British Celebrity Big Brother (2017). In 2006, Paytas created blndsundoll4mj, a lifestyle-oriented YouTube vlog channel. Following the success of several viral videos, Paytas garnered a significant following, reaching 100,000 subscribers in 2012 and 1,000,000 in 2014. As of May 2020, she has accumulated roughly 4.88 million subscribers and roughly 1.7 billion lifetime views.
Freedom For Trisha
She states that she has always had “penis envy”. This is because she feels it would make her life easier when trying to be assertive, instead of being called a bitch. She also said she identifies as a gay man because she is attracted to other gay men. Trisha says that she is “1000%” transgender but also “1000%” identifies with her “natural born gender.” To add on, she will continue to use female pronouns, although she’s not a fan of non-binary pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them’.
“So do I think I’m transgender? Yes, one thousand per cent. Do I identify with my natural born gender? A thousand per cent. So, I think that’s where I’m at, and I feel really free and liberated,” she said.
Trisha’s video received mixed reactions on social media due to some of the comments she made. Some people also accused Trisha of making light of LGBTQ+ issues and exploiting the trans community for clicks with the title and thumbnail of her video (which appears to be a picture of her dressed as Troy Bolton from High School Musical from an upcoming video.)
I’m sorry but did Trisha Paytas really just makes a video with the thumb nail as her dressed as Troy fucking Bolton coming out as “trans” because she doesn’t wear make up some days, is attracted to gay men and has more guy friends or did I just hit my head and am going crazy?!?? pic.twitter.com/8y49n2ecN3
— Kirsty (@kkirstylouise) October 7, 2019
"Do I think I'm trans, 1000%."
"Do I identify with my natural born gender, 1000%."
THEN YOU AREN'T TRANS LMAO Trisha Paytas needs to stop pic.twitter.com/oQATC9WP7u
— 𝘌𝘻𝘳𝘪𝘢 ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏿 (@ezriadaniels) October 7, 2019
While there was an intense backlash to the video, others were concerned about Trisha. Many felt like she deserved a space to say how she feels but ultimately urged her to educate herself more on trans issues and language that she used. The British YouTuber Jake Edwards shared some thoughts about Paytas’ video in a thread. They said that the language she used, may be potentially harmful to the trans community. However, Paytas did not deserve to be flooded with hate.
I watched the Trisha Paytas video and I have some thoughts.
Is the language used potentially harmful to the trans community? Yes.
Is Trisha confused? Maybe.
Does that give everyone the right to flood her with hate? Absolutely not.
— Jake Edwards ✨ (@jakeftmagic) October 7, 2019
I know you’re probably really struggling right now, but you will overcome.
I’m hoping that you are being 100% genuine with your intentions about transitioning and are really on a path of self discovery & recovery from everything that you have been through.
— Stream “Tea Time” 🍵✨✨ (@AdaVox) October 8, 2019
Was it all just a misunderstanding after all?
After the video was met with both huge backlashes and a more supportive stance from people, Trisha apologized to her followers in another video. In fact, she posted several apology videos explaining further and later appeared on The Doctors where she spoke with psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow about how she feels. During her appearance on TV, Trisha has been adamant that she wasn’t making any money from the initial video and that it had been demonetized. However, in a new interview with Ethan and Hila Klein on the H3 podcast, Ethan exposed that Trisha had made $8000 in ad revenue from the video.
“I’m sorry that offended you but that is my truth and the reality that I have been facing. It’s honest and it’s the difficulty I’m facing while transitioning. However, I would not apologize for what I’ve lived and gone through in my struggle. It was important to find my true self and identity.”
– Trisha, to her followers, in her apology video.
She then gave her followers the opportunity to ask her questions about her “coming out video.” “This isn’t something I would joke about or take lightly.” Homosexuality is not a choice. But the way this whole episode has panned out, it feels like there is a lack of clarity among the fans of Trisha and herself. To see trans people well represented in media is all we hope for in these challenging times. Thus, it is essential that everyone receives an inclusive sexual education that gives more information about queerness.