Six trans men -- Steffan, Cairo, Toby, Harry, Roshaante and Kenny --have opened up about their experiences of transphobia in a new episode of PinkNews’ First Times.
From the first time holding hands in public, to the first time realising you were LGBTQ, we all have a first time story. First Times is a PinkNews YouTube series, with each episode dedicated to a different identity under the LGBT+ umbrella.
In a recent episode, trans men shared the first time they realised they were trans. Plus, lesbian and bisexual YouTubers Rose and Rosie recently did their own First Times special on the first time they met, had sex and experienced homophobia.
In this episode, trans men Steffan, Cairo, Toby, Harry, Roshaante and Kenny open up about their experiences of transphobia—both within and outside the LGBT+ community.
Cairo, a trans man and model, said he often experiences trolling online.
He explained: “A lot of straight men for a very long time didn’t really accept me as a man because of how I looked on the outside and I think that’s been a little bit of my struggle really.
“I don’t understand why people troll people and I feel like if you’re transgender you get trolled that extra bit.
“I just have to block them if I can or delete the comments, even though sometimes it really angers me.
“At the end of the day I need to reserve my energy to do better things. You can’t win so you’re better off getting back to the people who are genuinely following you and you’re inspiring them and [they] need your support.”