Beloved YouTuber comes out as bisexual, LGBT Iranian-American elected onto West Hollywood City Council, and school for transgender students opens in Bangladesh.
Jenn McAllister, better known as jennxpenn on YouTube, confirmed her sexuality in her most recent video titled “addressing your assumptions about me…”
She said, “I’ve actually been out and openly identifying as bisexual with everyone in my life since I was about 19 years old.”
McAllister stated that she never made a video about her sexuality because she doesn’t “feel like being a queer person requires a big announcement.”
The 24-year-old YouTube star has accumulated 3.5 million subscribers since she started her channel in 2009. She publishes videos about travel, trends, and interactive games such as “Episode” and “Among Us.”
Her fans reacted positively to her coming out by leaving encouraging comments such as “we stan a bi queen.” The video currently has over 13,000 likes and gaining more every day.
Sepi Shyne. Photo via Facebook.
Sepi Shyne, a lesbian Iranian-American politician, made headlines recently after being elected as the first LGBT Iranian member of the West Hollywood City Council.
“She appears to be the first out LGBTQ+ Iranian-American elected to any public office globally,” according to the Advocate.
Shyne was born in Iran, but was relocated to California after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. She is currently 43 years old and works as an attorney.
Her campaign website showcases a statement from Shyne that says, “I am running to serve West Hollywood residents and to put your needs first. Because I put my money where my mouth is, I am not accepting a single penny from developers. Let’s work together to ensure all of our residents’ voices are heard, renters and workers are protected and small businesses are revived with fresh energy on City Council.”
Photo via PxHere.
Bangladesh has opened its first school exclusively for transgender people in Dhaka. The school will focus on teaching Islamic values to its students. It is privately funded and free of charge to students.
The school is not limited to age either. As long as the student is transgender, they can attend the institution regardless of their age. The school is mirrored after traditional all-girls schools or all-boys schools. In 2018, Bangladesh created a new amendment identifying transgender as a third gender.
According to a new student at the school, most of the trans community were illiterate. The new school gives trans people an opportunity to become educated and advance in society with more ease.