#TBT THE AGENDER EXPERIENCE Q&A

THIS ARTICLE WAS FEATURED IN ISSUE 1 WHICH YOU CAN READ HERE

AJ Clementine is an Aussie YouTuber who has become a source of knowledge of all things Agender. Sam Siddiqui caught up with the YouTuber and Activist to talk being Agender, and being a role model. 

How did you initially start your YouTube Channel?

So I was someone who loved YouTube throughout high school, I discovered it because of music covers mainly then I discovered a whole other world of YouTubers. I started watching them and thinking “I could do this”, I didn’t know what to make them about, so I started with fashion and beauty videos, actually that’s a lie I started making those cheesy music videos with my best friend lip syncing, that I wanted to get more serious towards the end of my high school years, then I got signed to an MCN (Multi Channel Network)! Then I started changing my channel to inspire others. The number one reason was to share a message, because, I have things to share and I feel like what I’ve learn’t could help people in the same boat as me.

On that amazing note, we wanted to know if you had any favourite videos or videos that you regret uploading?

Yep, I have a few regrets, mostly videos that I created in the past. I just wish I could take them down but keep them for memories. My favourite has to be a collaboration with roxorus and we did this kind of look book series. It was a great way to show our friendship, and also the little series I’ve created about my life that was something I put a lot of input into.

 

You share a lot with your audience and you’re very honest, Do you ever question or second guess how raw you are and how much you share online?

Yes 100%, which was one of my main concerns when I took my channel down a more personal route. I have moments when I look over at my YouTubers and its all challenges and fun and games and I’d love my personal channel to be like that but the only way my channel is successful is when I’m raw and talk about the nitty gritty stuff. At the end of the day I did have a goal of helping people in my small way of just speaking to the camera and potentially helping a few people in their lives or even saving lives, that over shadows my fear of sharing too much cause I feel like that’s a little sacrifice to given than not to speak about it.

 

You’re a big part of the LGBTQ+ community and something you share on your channel is your Agender journey and story, for people who don’t know could you explain what Agender means and talk about some misconceptions people have about the community?

Basically, Agender is defined as simple as being genderless. It’s got nothing to do with biological sex at birth. What you’re assigned with at birth is not your gender and that’s something I’ve just learnt about a year or more ago. There’s so much more to gender then what people think, it’s not a sex and it’s also not about your sexuality, which is one of the misconceptions that people have. If you say Agender, people sometimes think Asexuality. That’s a big part of my channel, I feel my channel is becoming the gender place but I also just want it to be a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals because its not just celebrating gender its celebrating individuality as well.

 

So going through the video comments, a common theme we found was inspiration, do you realize you’re a role model for young people and how does that make you feel knowing that?

Honestly, it’s the best feeling, that’s the number one reason why I love the YouTube world so much and that was my number one goal to begin with. Even if it’s me inspiring one person even in my direct life to make them feel better about themselves by listening to me speaking and giving truth about that is actually going on around the world with other individuals. It’s like watching a movie many years ago and seeing something you can relate to that not so many young people can relate to. That’s the feeling I want people to have when they click on my channel, just to show some younger youth that want to know things not just about my life and what I do but just to show people what they could be and how far they can express themselves. That’s what I held onto in high school, seeing people I could relate to and understand and if I can be that for one to five or however many people that’s my job done.

Sam Siddiqui is a freelance writer for Popcorn Magazine