My name is Chase Ross and I am a trans activist, speaker, educator, academic, and YouTuber. In 2006, I realized I was trans and decided to document every part of my transition. Pictures, videos, voice clips, you name it, I did it. I started hormones in 2010 at the age of 19 and started a project that is still going on today. I've been taking a picture of my face (selfie?) every day since June 15, 2010, the day before I started hormones. This project was only going to be a 1 year deal but after seeing how drastic my changes were, I decided to go for another year. Well, here we are, 5.5+ years later. Every year, on the anniversary of the start date, I compile all the pictures together and make a video.
My YouTube journey started in 2006. I started making videos of me dancing (embarrassingly enough, they are still online). I then changed channels and started talking about trans topics. In early 2012, the "shit ____ say" videos started coming out on YouTube with different parodies and I thought it would be an amazing idea to do a "Shit Trans Guy Say" video. Well, I did it, and it got over 20,000 views in the first month. Now, 3 years later, the video has over 200,000 views and my channel and reach have grown beyond anything I could have ever imagined. After that video came out and more people started contacting me and asking for advice, instead of making videos about my transition specifically, I started making videos in the hopes of helping people. I would talk about controversial topics such as detransitioning, feeling not 'trans enough', and having a lack of dysphoria. These videos came with a lot of support from people watching, but they also came with a lot of hate. A lot of people ask me how I deal with all the hate I get. All I can say is the hate I got when those videos were released really affected me to the point where I couldn't go on my blog anymore, but it made me stronger and I realized that people who leave hate just gave me an extra view ;) so I pay them no mind.
Anyways, back to my story. I now focus my videos on helping others and providing the best information I can. I've made videos for family and friends, videos about sex for trans guys, review videos, funny videos, videos about mental health, anxiety, depression, and videos on how I overcame those by running. My channel is a huge part of my life and I wouldn't be where I am today without the lovely people who message me daily asking for advice, suggesting video topics, commenting, sending me postcards, or just liking my videos. I will be forever grateful to the people who've followed my journey and continue to support me emotionally.
Other than my personal channel, I started FTMtranstastic, which is the most popular FTM collab channel on YouTube. I also have other projects I work on, which you can check out here.
I do have other things in my life other than YouTube (although it really does consume most of my day)! I am currently a graduate student at Concordia University working on my Masters in Sociology. My thesis topic relates to transgender men, tattoos, and identity. My research always focuses on transgender individuals (Female to male trans people mostly). You can read and learn more about my academic trajectory and research by clicking here.
YouTube, Academia, what's next? Oh yes, my day to day life. I don't just talk about my life or trans related topics online and in my research. I make sure to be an advocate whenever I can. I have chosen to live my life openly and disclose my trans status without hesitation. I do understand the privilege I have to be able to do this and I try to fight every day so that others are able to live as who they truly are without judgment.
On the right, you'll see my transition timeline. If you'd like more information, make sure to click on the links, they are all connected to videos that I have made related to those events.
For more information, including my social media links and contact information, please click here.
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 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
November 2014 Started running
Transition/Important Life Events Timeline
trans activist | speaker | educator | academic | youtuber