Trans Teens turn to YouTube

Jazmine Khan, a transgender 15-year-old with wisps of blue hair and nails to match, is crying in her doctor’s office. “I just wish I was me already,” she says to the camera held out in front of her, and wipes away tears with her free hand. “I just wish that I could be a real girl.”

Moments ago, her doctor told her that she won’t be allowed to start taking estrogen to aid her full transition — not for a long while. That means it’s time for yet another shot of Lupron, a drug that suppresses testosterone production. The Canadian teen has videotaped each of her six shots thus far — along with updates on the changes brought about by the drug — and posted them on YouTube for the world to see.

This particular video marks a low point after a particularly difficult visit: First, her mom referred to her as a “he,” then a nurse did the same. When she finally got to see her doctor, her hopes of moving on to estrogen treatment were dashed. “It’s too slow,” she tells the camera, angry with her doctor’s caution. “They gotta make sure I’m trans? Of course I’m trans. Who in their right mind would go through this [otherwise]?”

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6 thoughts on “Trans Teens turn to YouTube”

  1. I know I am no one to judge and I am also at the risk of being judged for being gay. But I simply don’t get this trans thing…

    At least to me, a guy that dresses like woman is not attractive at all. And I believe that most the other gay guys also like the masculinity aspects of a guy. And straight folks wouldn’t get anywhere near a dick.

    So to whom the trans folks appeal to? Note that I am not saying that they are trans in order to get attractive, I truly believe they are so because they feel more comfortable playing the opposite gender role.

    Sorry if I offended any one, that is not my intention, I just want to get better informed on the matter, listen to other points of view…

  2. I will preface this by saying that I don’t post often; however, I am wondering why this topic has failed to elicit or provoke a response from anyone in the MB community. I feel this, if anything, is more comment worthy than the majority of posts pertaining to the LGBTQ community on this site -not implying I dislike the other posts Josh. While the Wonderwear Wednesday boy is undoubtedly very attractive and alluring I am sorta bummed that this topic was not discussed.

    Just saying.

    1. It’s interesting to me too, David. I noted the surprising lack of comments on this piece as well.

      I don’t know much about this issue nor can I realistically empathize with Jazmine’s situation. However, I can say that at her age I did not know what I really wanted for myself. I lacked a fundamental understanding of reality and the world around me, and I feel that if I were to make such a dramatic change to my physicality at that young of an age would be a drastic mistake.

      It’s one thing as an adult to undergo such a transformation, but it’s an entirely different issue when doing so as a child.

  3. “… however, I am wondering why this topic has failed to elicit or provoke a response from anyone in the MB community.”
    [and]
    “I noted the surprising lack of comments on this piece as well.”

    It should be obvious why there is/was so little reaction/comments for this thread. And I’m not trying to be either callous or “racist,” — just [painfully] honest (whether you like it or not or agree or not). It’s all in the photo.

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