Thought I’d share with you some of the YouTubers I watch who also happen to be transgender and active members in the LGBT community. I’ve also linked their channels if ya wanna watch ’em slayyyyyyy! 🙂
(Even though Nikita has been linked to problematic Jeffree Star I still included her)
Maybe I picked today’s topic to be about suicide because I’ve been watching the Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why” which is about a girl who kills herself, and I wanted to add to the feeling of how important an issue this is. In general, no one should ever feel like they no longer belong in this world. Everyone in this world is given life for a purpose and they need to know that. Whether that is to love, grow, or experience new things. When it comes to the struggles being faced today they also need to know they’re not alone in this world because others may be going through the same things. It’s not worth risking their lives over.
This issue is usually one that people rather not touch. I completely understand as it’s a heartbreaking and painful subject. Even the transgender community are often afraid to speak of it because sadly transgender individuals are at a higher risk of suicide. According to this Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brynn-tannehill/the-truth-about-transgend_b_8564834.html, 40% of transgender individuals have attempted suicide. This is something that needs immediate attention and we can’t just ignore it. All these individuals want is to be accepted by society for who they are and if they’re not getting that it can drive them over the edge where they might end up doing something drastic like suicide. This is why we need to be there for them more then ever.
The media is trying to promote helping them today with hotlines to call for help and having celebrity advocates. Caitlyn Jenner, who in 2015 made her transition as a transgender women right before our eyes, is an advocate for preventing teen transgender suicide. The more people that can advocate for this the more we can bring awareness on this issue and help transgender individuals never feel rejected in society.
I wasn’t sure what to write about for this week’s refutation, but then I was told about what happened on survivor… I don’t ’ even like that show and I don’t keep up with it which is why I had no idea what had happened this past week. If you are just as lost as I was, let me catch you up. So, a
dumbass contestant named Jeff Varner decided it would be a dandy idea to go ahead and out another contestant, Zeke Smith, as transgender on national television without permission. I’m just as shook as you.
He said, and I quote “Deceptions on levels, Jeff, that these guys don’t even understand.” He was then prompted by the host, who I assume is also named Jeff, to continue. He turned to Zeke and asked “Why haven’t you told anyone that you’re transgender?” Excuse you, Jeff Warner, but how is that any of your business and what does that have to do with “the game.”
“What I’m showing is a deception,” he also said (*rolls eyes*) (video). What are you implying, Jeff Warner? Are you implying that Zeke was deceiving people by not telling them he was transgender? Well, that’s exactly how Zeke felt. As quoted in The Guardian,’“In proclaiming ‘Zeke is not the guy you think he is’ and that ‘there is deception on levels y’all don’t understand,’ Varner is saying that I’m not really a man,” Smith continues, “and that simply living as my authentic self is a nefarious trick. In reality, by being Zeke the dude, I am being my most honest self – as is every other transgender person going about their daily lives.”’ You know what? He is absolutely right. That is one of the biggest problems in the transgender community. People claim they are always trying to deceive people by “pretending” to be a different gender for various reasons (mainly simple minded people think they are using it as an excuse to be a pervert but that’s a whole other argument). People need to get that idea out of their heads and humans like Jeff Varner are not helping! Jeff did show remorse for his actions though. He said in the same The Guardian article that his actions were a “mistake” and that he is “deeply saddened.” Aw boo hoo.
I’m sorry, but what do you have to be sad about? You’re the one who who revealed extremely personal information that was probably told to you in confidence. Are you sad that it backfired? Are you sad about all the backlash? In my opinion, you are getting what you deserve. Bad decisions have consequences and you made a REALLY bad decision. Consider yourself READ.
Last Wednesday an episode of the hit reality show “Survivor” aired in which a contest, named Jeff Varner, publicly outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith for being transgender in an attempt to save himself from elimination.
Varner purposely tried to portray Zeke as being a manipulative liar by using his transgender identity against him. Thankfully, his fellow contestants saw through his strategy and voted Varner off the show.
Since then, Varner has been reportedly fired from his job and criticized on social media.
Smith’s attitude towards the episode has reportedly been one of optimism. The show’s host, Jeff Probst, said in an article published by The New York Times that Smith has been trying to make something great from this situation, and we wish him all the best.
As for Mr. Varner:
The film 3 Generations stars Elle Fanning as a female to male transgender teen named Ray. Apparently the film premiered two years ago and pissed people off because Fanning isn’t transgender. I understand why the LGBT community and upset, why not cast a trans kid for a movie about trans people DUH. The film’s director, Gaby Dellal, explains she would definitely cast a trans kid “But finding a kid that hadn’t medically transitioned or hormonally transitioned yet and was in exactly the same time frame as the character of Ray is incredibly hard to find” (VanityFair.com). I understand casting a transgender person for a film like this is much easier said than done. I respect Dellal for not only making this film but for showing compassion and understanding for the LGBT community. The movie is being released in theaters on May 5th!!!! Yay!
(P.S. If you haven’t seen The Danish Girl yet….DO IT….. JUST DO IT!!!)
16-year old Jazz Jennings is the star of the reality series, “I am Jazz”. Jazz knew she was a girl when she was a toddler and began to dress as such and transition shortly after. Jazz is an activist in the LGBT community, a YouTuber, model, author of two books and is having a doll modeled after her (!!!!The first trans doll!!!) Jazz is also a Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador. Talk about a résumé!
Check out Jazz’s YouTube channel here
And look out for her doll this summer!