In a new video, YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous has come out as a lesbian, also making an important point to differentiate between one's sexual identity and one's gender identity as two completely separate things.
The Canadian-born transgender YouTube personality currently boasts over two million loyal subscribers and nearly 300 million views, and her channel is a place where she not only shares beauty tutorials, but personal vlogs, including ones that previously shared her coming out and transitioning journey.
While Gigi always envisioned she'd be with a man, she has recently fallen in love with a woman. It surprised her, but she's embraced her newfound sexuality.
"I thought that I knew who I was attracted to," Gigi says in the video. "I've been in several relationships with men but I've never experienced this feeling until I met this girl, and that's how I know that I'm a lesbian."
Gigi was hestitant about making the announcement since she was still still figuring things out and, frankly, didn't think she would be coming out again after already coming out as a gay man, and then as a transgender woman. But ultimately, she decided to be open about it. "Now I feel confident saying that yes, I am a lesbian," she says, "and the best part about that is no one can tell me otherwise because it's my sexual identity."
Her initial hesitation is understandable, given the unneeded scrutiny public transgender figures face regarding their sexuality and personal dating lives. It was perhaps most visibly seen with Caitlyn Jenner, who was bombarded with questions about if she would date men or women after coming out and if those choices made her gay or straight. The public's way of dealing with these topics shows many still have much to learn, and it's amazing to see someone like Gigi making themselves available to discuss and enlighten others. "I want to let anyone out there questioning their sexuality or what's normal or how they should feel or should act, that it's okay to feel this way," Gigi says. "I said, 'why am I feeling this way toward a girl?' Someone may come along in your life and that's okay."
It's empowering to know that there are people like Gigi out there who are not only preaching so much love and acceptance, but also demonstrate how fluid sexuality can be. "Society has labels they like to throw on other people that they don't know or they don't understand or haven't had experiences with yet," she says, "and that's what people were doing to me initially, being 'Oh my God, are you a lesbian now?' and I was like, I don't know if I'm a lesbian now—maybe I'm bisexual, or pansexual, or all of these other labels. I think it's truly disgusting that people feel the need to push other people into categories or labels of sexuality. Who the fuck are you to tell me what I am? What if I'm none of the above? What if I'm just everything? What if I'm nothing? It's your life and that's the beauty of it. You get to live it however you want to live it." Amen. Watch her full video, below.