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Since coming out as transgender six years ago, YouTuberAlex Bertiehas been fearlessly sharing his transition journey with the world. Three years ago, Alex metJake Edwards, a fellow trans YouTuber, and the pair have been a couple ever since. But in a time where trans issues are being ruthlessly exploited for television ratings and political gain, being a young trans couple can be challenging. We caught up with the pair to discuss hormones, mental health and helping others.


“I didn’t really have a concept of gender when I was a child,” says 21-year-old Alex Bertie. “I’d wear boys clothes, but that wasn’t me being ‘a boy’, I was just being me.”

“I thought I liked girls when I came out as trans, so technically I was a gay woman. Then it was coming to terms with the fact I liked guys, too. I think my mum gave up in the end!”

After coming out as transgender when he was 15, Alex began making videos on YouTube to document his transition from female to male. His videos give a refreshingly honest insight into the transition process, including his experiences of battling the healthcare system, starting hormones and recovering from major surgery.

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