One Equal World

Gaining Trans* Visibility Through Social Media

Posted on: December 5, 2013

Kayhar

Kayhar wants to eliminate stereotypes and empower the trans community.
Image: Kayhar / Facebook

The Huffington Post recently published a follow-up article about Kayhar, a transgender woman who shares stories about her transition on YouTube. In its original article, The Huffington Post shares one of Kayhar’s first videos, which follows her transition from “feminine” young boy to frustrated teenager, to a woman who looks much more comfortable in her own skin after coming out. The video illustrates Kayhar’s personal evolution, as well as her changing relationships with friends and family members. It’s also accompanied by Kayhar’s empowered rendition of the Coldplay song “Fix You” playing in the background.

In the new article, Kayhar performs the song “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks, with a major twist. In this video, the young women duets with her pre-transition self, harmonizing side by side with a deeply personal part of her past. In a statement to The Huffington Post she laments, “Progress for the trans community has been painfully slow. We’re more than what the media and society has portrayed us to be and the time has come to correct those wrongs.” Kayhar also mentions that she’d like to eliminate stereotypes by sharing her music and representing the ways in which transgender men and women have just as much to offer as cis-gender people.

Kayhar has contributed greatly to the progress of the transgender community, simply by having a strong social media and web presence. There are many courageous trans men and women who have shared facets of their stories online through social media platforms. Some have posted “transition journals” on YouTube, Tumblr, or on personal blogs, and applications like Instagram allow easy image sharing that can illustrate an individual’s transition. #TransitionTuesday is a weekly trend that anyone can participate in, and many trans people have used it to proudly share their personal story.

It takes a lot of courage to come out to strangers all over the Internet, but doing so provides more visibility for transgender issues, and empowers others in the community. Take a look at Kayhar’s YouTube channel to learn more about her personal story.

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