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Transitioning on YouTube

While the platform’s other stars pull pranks in the hopes of going viral, Miles McKenna is helping fans figure out who they are.
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When Mary first stumbled upon Miles McKenna’s YouTube channel via a search for the platform’s LGBT tag, she was 12 years old and had never heard of a woman identifying as gay before. She was raised in a very conservative Catholic environment, and “being anything other than a straight, cisgender female was never really presented to me as an option,” Mary, now 16, said via Instagram direct message.

At the time she was pretty sure she wasn’t gay herself, but also pretty sure she wasn’t straight, either, and had been struggling to define her identity. Like many young people, she turned to YouTube for answers,

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