Kat Blaque is here to tell the truth.
It's the idea behind it YouTube channel as a whole, but especially his series, True tea. In this document, Blake answers questions on a variety of topics, including feminism, privileges, race and transgender rights. Often, she will return this honesty by examining her own life, beliefs and identity. It also hosts a JSYK Podcast where she discusses misconceptions that people have about different lifestyles and identities. Blaque has more than 135,000 subscribers to its main YouTube channel, which has logged more than 7.7 million views, according to an analyst firm. SocialBlade
The journey towards this kind of introspection and transparency has not been simple, however. In fact, she has not always been comfortable with sharing her life with the Internet. Mashable sits with Blaque to talk about this trip, its identity and the way forward to become viral.
The interview below has been modified for its length and clarity.
- 1 Mashable: How do you use YouTube, and True Tea in particular, to educate the public about LGBTQ issues?
- 2 Mashable: Yeah it's very interesting and cool. This seems like a good thing for the public to have that kind of experience and perspective. What issues do you think are important to address on your channel? Why are these questions important?
- 3 Mashable: What role do you think is playing in improving the representation of LGBTQ people, especially transgender and black people, since you have talked about a subject you are talking about?
- 4 Mashable: In the same vein, you had already talked about it, but I was reading in an interview that you were doing viral, but that you have now accepted it. I wonder what has changed? How is this transformation produced?
- 5 Mashable: What do you want viewers to learn from watching your videos and your channel? Which one do you want to give them?
- 6 Mashable: change a little bit about the month of pride, in particular. What does the month of pride mean to you? How do you see that?
Mashable: How do you use YouTube, and True Tea in particular, to educate the public about LGBTQ issues?
Kat Blaque: YouTube has always been a very important thing in my life. I have been using it since I was 15 years old. And initially, I created your very typical article about trans bloggers, which is to document the transition and things like that. But I really started having more success after I started making educational videos. True Tea I was a very educated educational series on the political level. I had very spontaneously talked about politics and things that were going on, but now it's a lot more personal … because I thought I wanted to be a little more scrutinized when it was a good thing. to discuss political issues. So now, I talk a lot about my experiences and perspectives, and occasionally I discuss in True Tea how my life is influenced by my transsexual character.
Mashable: Yeah it's very interesting and cool. This seems like a good thing for the public to have that kind of experience and perspective. What issues do you think are important to address on your channel? Why are these questions important?
KB: I usually focus on two things: misogyny, racism, sexism and transphobia. And I think that what makes my channel unique is that I am a trans person, but also a black woman. This leads to very specific interactions, and sometimes racism influences how I am treated, sometimes on transphobia, often a combination of both. So, I bring this kind of intersectionality in some way, by simply showing how discrimination and things have had a specific impact my life in particular.
Mashable: What role do you think is playing in improving the representation of LGBTQ people, especially transgender and black people, since you have talked about a subject you are talking about?
KB: I've had a very interesting story with YouTube, because I've never really wanted to be a YouTuber. I just wanted to make videos and be able to have stuff there. But one of the reasons I stay on YouTube is that I decided to be more visible … When I was younger, I closed my eyes and imagined what my future would be, I could not imagine it. Most of the reasons I'm on YouTube are simply because there is some form of representation in the new media age. I like being there, being a face, representing trans youth, queer and interviewing people about the fact that you can live and grow up and become a functioning adult and who is transgender.
KB: Trans YouTube is interesting because you will have specific kinds of silos and it's not because you make videos that you are popular. For a while, I was on this trans collaboration channel, where it was a group of other trans women, and at that time I also made a video of "Draw My Life", which is a very classic drawing of my life. I have a background of illustration and animation, so mine was really cute (laughs)! My collaboration channel led to this YouTuber named Franchesca Ramsey to find my content. And I wanted to work with this little animated film, but at the time, I was very worried about seeing my work become a transsexual person again. I really enjoyed it when you searched for my legal name, Kathryn Wilkins, you have pictures of smiling white women and my artistic work … (There was nothing there) that said "trans".
I knew that if I worked with Franchesca, it would be a time when it was impossible for my job not to be connected to my YouTube channel, which is related to my transactional nature. I had two of these experiences. At the time … I lived with a partner and we had not really told his family that I was trans. His mother knew it because he had a history of trans women, but it was not something that most of his family knew. I was between two jobs, I had already worked at illustration shows for two children, and they had dried up. At the time, I was really obsessed with working at Buzzfeed and they contacted me … and even said, "We want you to be in this video about the stuff trans." I thought, "who the hell is going to watch a trans video of Buzzfeed?" And I wanted to work with them so badly that I thought, "Well, let's do it." So I made the video and it has allowed me to get to know a lot of people I've known for two years, including family members. It was an interesting thing because on one side, I was the victim of many new discriminations. In the end, this led my ex and I to be kicked out of our home because his family members were not comfortable with that and it was really bad. But honestly, it was like, well what was the impact? I had made this video where I had had a positive impact on people around the world and in many ways it was more important than the little shit with which I was.
It's funny, I was talking to UC Boulder a few months ago and this kid came to me and said, "I saw this video and it helped me understand that I was transgender. " For me it was worth it. I recognize that being open and being excluded – even if it very often makes me very uncomfortable – is also something that I think is better for the greater good in general. That's why I've somehow changed … just to be honest. While I felt safer with myself and my sex, and all that, going out did not bother me so much.
Mashable: What do you want viewers to learn from watching your videos and your channel? Which one do you want to give them?
KB: I am talking about learning, sharing and growth. A big part of my perspective and the reason I create the content that I create is because I really believe that there are a lot of people who are just not exposed to certain points of view. A big part of what I do is to create a space for open conversation and, in theory, to encourage some kind of empathy and understanding. Many people do not really know how to be with a transsexual person before meeting a trans person. I think that very often, people go on my channel and find some kind of video that resonates with them. And it is very common for me to have followers who are just family with my feminist work where I specifically talk about sexism, then find a video where I talk about my transsexual character.
For me, even though I'm a trans person, you will never see me describe myself as a transgender blogger because that's part of my story, but it's not all history. A big part of my job is to be a woman, simply. I have so many followers that will meet me through these types of videos that will then discover that I am trans and then discover that they have resonated with me in a way that they did not expect it, then it opens their attention to a little more understanding of trans people. It's kind of what I'm trying to do with my channel, it's creating a space where people talk, listen and learn something from my experiences, because my experiences are not honestly described honestly (elsewhere) . It is important for me, if I have the ability, to spread my story.
Mashable: change a little bit about the month of pride, in particular. What does the month of pride mean to you? How do you see that?
KB: For me, the month of pride is actually complicated, because I do not really interact with spaces of pride. My story is very unusual for many other transgender people where I have not really found a refuge for the LGBT community. I somehow just made the transition and started to disappear from this crowd. So I do not necessarily have that need of pride or these spaces, but I also recognize what they are, what they represent on a larger scale. The opportunity to participate in an event and meet so many different people who also share your experience, which, in your opinion, is often rare, is enormous.
I think pride is important for that reason. Many people do not know that Pride started as a riot. It was not that long ago a capitalist enterprise. It was a riot for people who really needed to fight the status quo that was actively trying to hurt them … Pride really meant the ability for people to come together and fight for their right to fucking to exist.
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