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Trans Community Finds Home On YouTube but Challenges Remain

For a trans person, YouTube could be an extremely helpful resource. It is a spot where they can discover — and share — tales of gender transitions, identity strifes, and journeys via surgical procedures and hormone treatments.

The Google-owned (GOOG) video platform has created a group of social media stars, referred to as creators, making videos about almost everything, from gadget reviews and beauty tutorials to matters relevant to LGBTQ community.

Trans creator Reed Wetmore stated YouTube had been a “lifeline” for the trans group.

Nikita Dragun said her YouTube channel went viral in 2015 after she posted a video coming out as trans. Dragun kept documenting her trans sail, including surgical procedures, as well as sharing beauty tutorials. She has over 2 million subscribers and recently released her personal make-up fleet, Dragun Beauty.

However, some trans creators even have frustrations with the platform’s policies and guidelines on restricting content material. In latest interviews, over half a dozen trans inventors shared their experiences with YouTube and plenty of expressed concern that a few of their trans-related content material, such as sexual schooling videos, has been limited from earning money from advertisements or was age-restricted. Many said they’re annoyed with YouTube’s lack of transparency around why their videos are being demonetized.

Creators can apply to earn money from adverts that run on their videos by the YouTube Partner Program. Under YouTube’s “advertiser-friendly” guidelines and policies, the corporate says content that “features sex toys, sexual gadgets, or explicit dialog about sex might also not be appropriate for advertising, with limited exclusions for non-graphic sexual education videos.” The policy doesn’t explain more on what “non-graphic” sex ed means.

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