Trans boy with 300,000 YouTube fol­low­ers

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

ALEX Ber­tie built up a fol­low­ing of 300,000 on YouTube dur­ing his tran­si­tion­ing from fe­male to male – adding to fears that so­cial me­dia may be in­flu­enc­ing young peo­ple who want to change sex.

Grow­ing up in Dorset, Alex ap­peared to be a typ­i­cal tomboy: sport­ing long blonde hair, but play­ing with toy cars and video games. As a 13-year-old girl she fell in love with an­other girl, lead­ing to bul­ly­ing. Yet it was only at 15 that Alex – now 22 – de­ter­mined to change sex af­ter be­ing sent to an LGBT group called Over the Rain­bow. There, the young­ster was given in­for­ma­tion about how to tran­si­tion on the NHS.

He sub­se­quently had sex change hor­mone ther­apy with testos­terone and an op­er­a­tion to re­duce both breasts.

In videos he tells his fans that the re­sults of the treat­ment have been ‘pretty amaz­ing’.

change: Alex Ber­tie re­veals to fans how he looked be­fore and af­ter his hor­mone treat­ment

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