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YouTuber Abigail Thorn of Philosophy Tube comes out as transgender

Published: 31/Jan/2021 17:19

by Charlotte Colombo

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Abigail Thorn, the UK-based creator of popular educational YouTube channel Philosophy Tube, has come out as a transgender woman in her January 30 video.

The YouTube video, which was followed up with a further statement on Philosophy Tube’s Twitter account, depicts Thorn’s transformation from her former gender identity to her current one.

The video, which is entitled ‘Identity: A Trans Coming Out Story’, has already amassed over half a million views, has 79k likes and is #3 on YouTube’s Trending page in the UK. In it, Abigail initially addresses the camera as a male, saying: “I really hope this doesn’t change the way you see me. In a way, I’ll always be here. In the last seven years of videos, I’ll be there as a performance, as a character on the screen. A man who isn’t there.”

She continues: “Whatever happens, I am incredibly grateful, especially to the people who support me on Patreon. I hope you will continue to support the show and the person who will be here after I am gone. Thank you very much. You have been a wonderful audience.”

In an emotional moment, Thorn, as their male persona, then proceeds to take a bow on stage before slowly fading away. The camera then pans to the stage door, where Abigail as her true self strides in, grinning from ear to ear. The video then fades to black with the title card: Part Two: Abigail.

Thorn later expanded on her journey in a statement posted to the Philosophy Tube Twitter account. Admitting that she’d been “keeping it a secret for a long time,” Thorn requested in her statement that her privacy be respected and asked social media users to “treat everyone with kindness and patience, even those who don’t treat me kindly.”

“It’s so lovely to finally relax, to sleep well with sweet dreams and be myself,” she says in her statement. “But, I’m also scared.”

“Things are very, very bad for trans people in the UK and they’re getting worse. My existing following means that I have instantly become one of the most recognisable transgender people in the country and I feel an enormous pressure to be ‘good at it,’ like if I can only be clever enough, or pretty or funny or articulate enough, things would magically become right.”

Abigail then proceeds to discuss some of the struggles transgender people face in the UK, such as the fact that “the NHS [National Health Service] are forced by outdated laws to discriminate against us”.

She then in turn announces that she’d like to “add [her] voice to the many demanding new legislation for trans equal rights.”

“I hope someday soon that people realize that being trans is perfectly normal,” Thorn says.

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GTA RP streamer shocked after Twitch bans him for visiting in-game adult club

Published: 26/Feb/2021 6:15

by Andrew Amos

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Twitch has banned NoPixel 3.0 streamer ‘RatedEpicz’ after an in-game incident, however the circumstances have pulled the platform’s double standards into question.

GTA roleplaying (RP) is taking over Twitch yet again. With streamers like Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar, and more getting back on the trend, servers like NoPixel 3.0 are popping yet again.

The Rockstar title, first released in Sep. 2013, isn’t known for being the most family-friendly. Lives of high crime, and the trimmings that come with that, are the norm. However, RP servers make the experience a little bit more tame.

So, when RatedEpicz decided to enter the Vanilla Unicorn in GTA 5 as part of his RP content, he didn’t really think twice about it. The adult club is part of the game, and people have gone there before.

However, Twitch pinged him for adult content, banning the streamer.

“They got me boys. Hold it down,” he said on Twitter. He added later in Discord that he believes “being in the VU” was the main reason behind his suspension.

While the ban is a minor one, the community has gotten into an uproar over the platform’s double standards for two reasons.

The first is there are a number of other streamers doing worse things through GTA RP. The notorious Ricegum was highlighted as one case of being seemingly above Twitch’s law when it comes to roleplay streams.

The second is the Vanilla Unicorn is a part of the game anyone can enter. While not explicit entirely, the heavy suggestions might toe the line of Twitch’s adult content policy. However, many believe it should be whitelisted.

Vanilla Unicorn in GTA 5
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The Vanilla Unicorn has been highlighted as the reason for RatedEpicz’ Twich ban.

Reportedly, a number of other Twitch streamers were alerted to the problem’s surrounding the Vanilla Unicorn in GTA 5. The number of warnings handed out has forced the NoPixel devs to shut down that part of the map.

The devs also joked about the double standards surrounding Twitch gaming streams and IRL Just Chatting content, claiming “we are going to add hot tubs to VU and call it Just Chatting.”

RatedEpicz has appealed the suspension in the hopes of removing the strike from his account. Until then, he will be staying far away from the Vanilla Unicorn to try and avoid Twitch’s wrath.