Social media, celebrities, and transgender youth
The CBSN Originals documentary, “Gender: The Area Between,” debuts on Monday, March 27, at 8 p.m. ET and will be offered afterwards on CBSNews.com.It’s obvious that today’s teenagers rely greatly on social media for interaction with friends, celebrities, and more. Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and the blogging website Tumblr, the more youthful generation has relatively endless avenues to post photos and share messages back and forth– for better or for worse.
However for transgender and gender non-conforming youth, the capability to immediately link with pals online suggests far more than simply interacting socially and sending out selfies.
“Having the ability to meet people online is just so incredible, because it makes you feel less alone,” stated Talia Bellia, a 17-year-old high school senior in Shorewood, Illinois. “Due to the fact that if you’re alone in exactly what you’re going through it’s so isolating and it just drives you into such a dark place.”
Among those YouTubers is 17-year-old Brendan Jordan, who updates his numerous countless fans with videos filmed mainly in his Las Vegas bedroom.
“I wished to have a platform where I could share about my life, however likewise offer a message out there to kids like me behind the screen who might not feel as freely accepted,” said Brendan, who determines as gender fluid and uses the pronouns he/him/his or she/her/hers.