The Youtubes Of Trans Teens

Mar 13 2013 @ 9:47am

Margaret Talbot has new piece [paywalled] on the young and transgendered. She also rounded up some videos:

Some of the most interesting videos deal frankly with the dilemmas of life post-transition: pursuing romantic relationships, or whether or not to try and “go stealth” by “passing” in the new gender without openly acknowledging one’s trans status. The young F.T.M. in sideburns and a baseball cap in one video, for instance, talks about the problem of dating in an era when things get physical so fast that he’s forced into explanations before he really knows a girl. I particularly liked the frank, girlfriend-y tone of Natalie Sweetwine, who has posted ninety-two videos, which run the gamut from the kind-of-political (“Jealousy in the MTF Transgender Community”) to the highly personal (“Effects of Estrogen/HRT on Penis and Sex Drive”). A video posted by Stephen Beatty, the trans son of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, conveys a vivid sense of the niches-within-niches branding of the self you see in a lot in the YouTube offerings. “I identify as a transman, a faggy queen, a homosexual, a queer, a nerd fighter, a writer, an artist, and a guy who needs a haircut,” he says in the video.