James Charles found himself at the center of yet another controversy after a questionable discussion he held on his YouTube channel with his fellow influencer Jeff Wittek. What started off as a seemingly casual "I Had My Crush Do My Makeup" challenge turned into a deeper conversation about gender and sexuality.
Unfortunately, many people ended up feeling hurt and put off by statements Charles made about how he understands his attraction to transgender men and what it implies about their value.
Let's all just use this situation as a learning experience.
Charles seemingly factored his attraction to trans men into his reasoning for why doesn't consider himself to be "full gay," suggesting that he doesn't see his attraction to a trans man in the same way he does his attraction to a cisgender man. Clearly, we all have to do more than just be careful with our words and apologize when we screw up statements. A lot of unlearning needs to happen when it comes to how we grapple with sexuality, gender identity, and how we value them both.