Before April 2023, Dylan Mulvaney was simply recording the process of what the trans influencer calls her journey to “becoming a girl”.
But then, she posted a video with a six-pack of Bud Light, and her world exploded, causing a conservative controversy so widespread that it’s led to everything from staff cuts to losing its long-held spot as America’s top beer to Modelo.
Meanwhile. Mulvaney became the subject of an onslaught of hate and harassment, both in person and online. She’s shared a bit about it on her Instagram in the past, but now she’s made a new post talking about the trauma of the experience and how it’s affected the type of content she wants to make.
“I found myself in kind of an interesting position,” Mulvaney says, “because if I make the content that I want to make and freely share my trans joy, I subject myself to a lot more trauma, so lately I’ve chosen to scale back to protect my overall well-being. And it works — I am quite happy — but I’m not doing what I love, so it’s kind of a bittersweet thing.”
Mulvaney says that she’s learned a few lessons from the incident, including that trust should be earned and misery loves company. She also says that trans and queer people saw all of this coming “because they knew what it was like to be burned and I didn’t,” she said.
“And it’s like when your friend is in a bad relationship and you wait for them to see the light and then they come running back to you,” she continued. “Well, that was the queer community for me. You know, I gave myself and my identity to people who didn’t deserve it. And then the trans and queer community was there to pick me back up without pity.”
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