Trans YouTuber Abigail Thorn Says She Would Have Died If She Kept 'Pretending To Be a Man' | 22 Words

A YouTuber has shaken the internet this week with a brave interview about her coming out.

YouTuber and actress Abigail Thorn came out as trans in January.

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And now she's opened up in a shocking interview.

So what exactly is "gender dysphoria?"

Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person's sex and the gender with which he or she identifies with. People with gender dysphoria experience high levels of discomfort with their own bodies, and they often report feeling as if it isn't their own.

It is more commonly known as being "transgender."

People who are transgender more than often realize that they are from a very young age - children are able to experience gender dysphoria and this is when the majority of trans people realize this conflict.

It is a heartbreaking reality that many trans children face rejection from their families.

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According to the Human Rights Campaign, studies have shown that familial rejection can lead to the LGBTQ+ youth engaging in behaviors and activities that endanger their health, trigger depression, and other mental health issues, and, in some extreme cases, can lead to homelessness and suicide.

Family support is one of the most important things for a child coming out as trans.

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Child welfare expert, Caitlin Ryan, stated that “family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status," for LGBTQ+ youth. “It also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors - issues for which transgender youth are at disproportionate risk."

A transgender child needs love and support.

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Parents must respect the wishes of their child by doing simple things such as using the child's preferred gender pronoun and name, reassuring them about the love and support that they will continue to receive, and, most importantly, educating themselves about issues surrounding the trans community.

Coming out as transgender and beginning the transition will never be easy...

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Despite this being what a person desires, the first few steps into transition are never easy, especially for a child. Enduring taunting in the school corridors from their peers who are too nieve to understand the situation is a sad reality for many trans children.

Thankfully, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever today.

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There are countless organizations around the world that work hard together purely to support people, especially children, of the transgender community.

People around the world are now more accepting than ever...



And one YouTuber who recently came out as trans has opened up about her experience.

Sadly, suicidal thoughts are common among the transgender community.

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And Abigail Thorn is no exception.

Being open and honest can help.

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And be the first stage of feeling comfortable in your own skin.

Luckily, there is an accepting community out there.

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As Thorn's incredible interview proves.

Thorn's YouTube channel Philosophy Tube has more than 900,000 subscribers and 50 million views.

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And after coming out in January, she's become one of the UK's most prominent trans females.

"That's part of the reason why I decided to keep it to myself for such a long time," she said at the time.​

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"I deliberately pretended to be a man in quite a few of my videos, I changed my clothes and put on a very deep voice, so I hid, deliberately, for a long time."

"I remember very clearly waking up one morning years ago and thinking: 'I can't do this for much longer."

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"I think maybe I'll live until I'm 29, maybe not much beyond that."

"If I have to keep pretending to be a man, I'm gonna die."

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"And now that I'm finally out, all my loved ones, they say to me: 'You seem so much happier, you're more relaxed.'"

" I'm sleeping better, I have nicer dreams now."

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"It's incredible."

"It's because I'm a woman and because I don't have to pretend to be a man anymore."

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"I would love to stand up and say, 'It's wonderful out here, it's the easiest thing in the world [to be openly trans].'"

"I do feel a hell of a lot better since I did, not only come out to myself but publicly as well."

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"It's like gravity has been turned down by ten percent. But I also know how hard it is."

Watch Thorn's incredible coming-out video here.​

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