Youtuber Trisha Paytas knows how to make a splash with her popular YouTube channel and her ability to be fully honest with her fans. The YouTuber is known for her larger-than-life personality, her candidness about her love life, and her over-the-top outfits and makeup.
But, Trisha's latest video has fans criticizing her message, and wondering if she's really being sincere.
Trisha opened up about her gender identity, and how she wants to be identified in the future. Is Trisha Paytas transgender? We're breaking down her latest video and why fans are critiquing the social media starlet.
Is Trisha Paytas transgender?
Trisha recognized that she might get flack for her video, which is entitled "I AM TRANSGENDER (FEMALE TO MALE,)" so she opened up her video by facing the criticism head on.
"I am doing a video that people might think I'm trying to be offensive or setting back a movement or something like that," she said. "I want to talk about this because it's actually something that I've felt for a long time."
She went on to discuss a video that she made years earlier, where she discussed only wanting to be referred to as "T," as a way to de-gender her name. Trisha also noted that she's tended to overcompensate when it comes to dressing femininely, because when she was in school, kids used to make fun of her for looking masculine.
"I identify with men better." She continued, "I identify more as a gay man." She clarified that she's interested in guys, but she also considers herself to be a guy too.
"In my head, I feel like I'm a transgender female to male, but also like a drag queen," Trisha said. She explained that her desire to get glammed up and wear over-the-top clothes, hair, and makeup was her way of dressing in drag.
Trisha went on to explain her rationalities as to why she identifies as male. She said that she doesn't like to be the center of attention, and she's always been attracted to guys that aren't straight.
She also said that she thought life would be easier for her if she had male genitalia, and she's always envied men for that.
"So do I think I'm transgender? Yes, one thousand percent. Do I identify with my natural born gender? A thousand percent. So I think that's where I'm at and I feel really free and liberated," she said.
Shortly after posting the Oct. 7 video, Trisha began getting criticism from fans and the media about her interpretation of the trans community.
People are saying that Trisha Paytas' video is a cry for attention.
While there are fans and commenters who are applauding Trisha for speaking her truth, there are a lot of prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community who are saying that her announcement was clickbait.
Vicky Vox is a prominent drag queen, who is the drag daughter of RuPaul's Drag Race alum Detox. She took to Twitter to give her opinion on Trisha's announcement.
Report this tweet. Using gender identity as click bait is a privileged act of violence. I’m not gonna stand for it. I don’t care what it’s actually about. The headline and photo used cannot be serious. Trans people are murdered for quietly trying to live their life. Big NOPE😡 https://t.co/b7PB99vc5H— VICKY VOX (@TheVickyVox) October 7, 2019
Vicky later went on to say that Trisha herself should not be bullied for the announcement, but that it's important to discuss what her video represents.
Trisha has stayed relatively quiet on Twitter following her video, but she did respond to some of the people criticizing her.
"Other trans can use the title but I can’t?" she wrote. "It’s what the video is about in its entirety, no clickbait."
Trisha got more heat for using a picture of her dressed up as High School Musical character Troy Bolton as the thumbnail of her transgender announcement video. But, Trisha has been posting more photos on Instagram of her sporting a shorter haircut and more masculine clothes. For now, Trisha is standing behind the video.
See Trisha's full transgender announcement below.