Trisha Paytas defends "I am Transgender" video after receiving backlash
8 October 2019, 14:05
Trisha has been accused of exploiting the trans community for views but has since responded to the backlash.
YouTuber Trisha Paytas has caused new controversy online thanks to a new video titled "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."
Trisha's explained why she identifies as a boy, saying: "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."
She also states that she has always had "penis envy," 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." She also said that she will continue to use female pronouns, although she’s not a fan of non-binary pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them’.
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.)
"Do I think I'm trans, 1000%."— 𝕾𝖕𝖔𝖔𝖐𝖞 𝖉𝖆𝖓𝖎𝖊𝖑𝖘 👻 (@ezriadaniels) October 7, 2019
"Do I identify with my natural born gender, 1000%."
THEN YOU AREN'T TRANS LMAO Trisha Paytas needs to stop pic.twitter.com/oQATC9WP7u
FUCK trisha paytas. if u support her in any way, shape, or form block me right now. pic.twitter.com/pvIGa9FbX9— ana banana 🔪 (@httpzerkaas) October 7, 2019
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
While there was intense backlash to the video, others were concerned about Trisha and 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.
I watched the Trisha Paytas video and I have some thoughts.— Jake Edwards ✨ (@jakeftmagic) October 7, 2019
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.
No trans person entered this world with a full understanding of the correct terminology to use. My main issue with the video was the lack of understanding and conflating gender stereotypes with gender identity. BUT this should be met with allowing Trisha the space to learn.— Jake Edwards ✨ (@jakeftmagic) October 7, 2019
Hey @trishapaytas— Ada Vox (@AdaVox) October 8, 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.
Last night (October 7), Trisha responded to the backlash, writing on Instagram: "In regards to today's video... I'm sorry that offended you but that is my truth and my reality that I have been facing. It's honest and it's the difficulty I'm facing while transitioning. People don't have the right to be offended by my truth. Men reject me because I'm "too feminine."
It's not fair but it's my reality and it's my struggle that I'm going through. It has put me in severe depression. I'm sorry. You don't know my struggle. What I face may not be the same for other ftm but it's what I have to hear and deal with on the regular for years."
Trisha also wrote: "I experimented trying to dress the "gender" I identity with and got ripped for my truth and my experiences. I won't apologize for what I've lived and gone thru [sic] in my struggle to find my true self and identity."
Trisha has also been responding to people on Twitter about her intentions with the video.
It’s not meant to be funny. Because I don’t look like a traditional male on the outside , I’m a joke ? Men can wear dresses , heels and makeup u know. Close minded and ignorant— Trisha Paytas (@trishapaytas) October 7, 2019
You don’t know me, my journey , my struggle, my transition. I’ve been with a gender identity therapy specialist for the past 6 months cause I hated who I was since I was 3. Think before you tweet , THIS is more harmful than me sharing my story.— Trisha Paytas (@trishapaytas) October 7, 2019