We’ve all seen the video of a young Brendan Jordan feeling his oats when a television news crew panned to a crowd of eager tweens listening to Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” And while he was swept up in the media storm for being outrageous (appearing on news programs, modeling for American Apparel, and meeting Gaga), James’ YouTube channel gave us an insight into the Las Vegas teenager’s world and revealed a complex character.
At HRC’s Time to Thrive Conference on Sunday, the young star talked honestly about his gender identity before introducing supermodel and transgender activist Andreja Pejić:
Like most teenagers, I’m still figuring it out. I’m starting to identify as one, or as part, of the trans community. I can’t really label it, because, you know, some days, my more feminine side comes out — the ‘she.’ Some other days I don’t feel like putting on my fabulous mask, and the ‘he’ comes out, and I’m totally OK with that. And I don’t know who I am, or where I will be going in the future, who I will be 10 years from now but I’m still a teenager. I just like the limitless feeling of it, and I’m perfectly fine with who I am now. I just identify with both genders, so I go by the pronouns he or she and it’s just what I’m happy with.
Watch the video after the jump…