Chase Ross is a trans activist, speaker, educator, consultant, academic, and YouTuber. In 2006, he realized he was transgender and decided to document every part of his transition. At that time, there weren’t many YouTubers doing this. Although Chase was one of the first trans vloggers out there, his first videos weren’t trans related at all. Instead, he made videos of him dancing “for Ellen”.
In early 2012, the “sh*t ____ say” parody videos were at peak popularity and Chase thought it would be a great idea to do a “Sh*t Trans* Guys Say” video. In the first month, it got over 20,000 views, which in 2012, was a big deal for him. Now, 6 years later, the video has over 500,000 views and his channel has grown ever since. After that video came out, people started contacting Chase asking him for advice and instead of making videos only about his personal transition, he started making advice and life update videos, in hope of helping people. He was one of the first to talk about controversial topics in the community such as: detransitoning, feeling not trans enough, lack of dysphoria, going off of hormones, postponing surgery, etc. These videos came with a lot of support from people watching, but they also came with a lot of hate. A lot of people have asked Chase how he can deal with all of this hate. In the beginning, the hate was unbearable and Chase couldn’t even read the comments on his videos and blog. However, this made him stronger and he realized that people who hate-watch would give him an extra view, so jokes on them 😉
Chase now focuses his videos on helping others and providing the best information for people who are new to transition, or want to learn about trans topics. He has a Trans 101 series (where he released a video everyday for a month on different topics related to “basic” trans topics). He has made videos about sex, reviewing different prosthetics for trans masculine individuals, mental health videos related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD. He’s talked about how he was able to overcome anxiety and depression through running.
Although Chase’s channel is a huge part of his life, he also participates in many different activities outside of YouTube. Speaking engagements have become second nature for Chase. Travelling the world and telling his story has been extremely empowering for him. Meeting individuals from all over the world has also been life changing for him.
Chase also recently completely his Masters in Sociology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His research focused on trans masculine individuals, tattoos, and identity.
Chase says that he would be nowhere today without the lovely people who have messaged him daily for advice, suggested video topics, commenting, sending him postcards, or simply liking the video. He will be forever grateful to the people who have followed his journey since the beginning and pushed him to do more.
YouTube, Speaking Engagements, Academia, what’s next? Honestly, a lot. Stay tuned 😉
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November 2006: Realized I was trans, started documenting transition on my old channel
March 2007: Bought binders, packers, books related to trans issues
June 2008: Came out to my close friends
August 2008: Friends help me pick a name after a game of bowling
September 2008: Made a new Facebook with a new name/Came out to friends
September 2009: Started individual therapy
April 2010: Creation of my YouTube channel: uppercaseCHASE1
May 2010: First endocrinologist appointment, Came out to my dad officially
June 15, 2010: First picture taken for “every day” picture project
June 16, 2011: Went off of testosterone
January 2012: Posted the “Sh*t Trans* Guys Say” video
April 26, 2012: Went back on T
December 2012: Legal name change
April 2013: Changed gender on my passport
May 30, 2013: Top Surgery in Florida with Dr. Garramone
November 2013: Legal gender marker change