Social media has become one of the most effective tools in today’s society. It allows the community to communicate and interact easily, and most importantly, it provides everyone a platform to express their thoughts and ideas. Essentially, it has leveled the playing field where people from all backgrounds and walks of life get an opportunity to make their voices heard. Ashley Belle is one such bold individual harnessing cyberspace’s power.
She is the creator behind the YouTube channel Your Trans on the Right. Through the account, she gives her insights and shares personal experiences as a conservative transwoman. The determined individual aims to show people that unlike what is portrayed in mainstream media, there are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community who stand on the opposite side of the spectrum, such as fellow trans personalities Blaire White and Buck Angel.
Aside from creating content that showcases her thoughts and opinions on various social issues, she also wants to provide encouragement and inspiration to the youth, especially those who identify as a transwoman. Looking back on her journey, Ashley said, “I always knew since the age of around five years old that I didn’t agree with what I saw in the mirror. It’s not just mentally. It’s also very much from the heart too.”
Prior to becoming a bonafide social media influencer, Ashley has served in the Air Force for almost two decades, where she spent 14 years on active duty and 5 with the Air National Guard. Today, she works for a Fortune 100 aviation company. In addition, she is a respected athlete and bodybuilder.
As someone who has devoted her life to things considered masculine, she intends to help others realize that one’s hobbies and occupation do not dictate gender. “To be honest, it’s too deep to explain how or why. I grew up doing all things very boyish and manly, such as hunting, four-wheeling, shooting guns, working construction, and metal fabrication, a lot. Yet, during all those times and years, I always knew and felt like I was a woman. It’s easy growing up through life like that. I did whatever I could to block it out. Working out used to help, but then it was just too strong,” she generously explained.
Armed with this wisdom, one of Ashley’s advocacy is to ensure that all young transgender will own and decide their path forward. “I don’t regret how I grew up. It made me who I am today. You have to be strong mentally and emotionally for transition. I did this all on my own with no pressure from teachers or anyone,” she shared. The insightful woman then added, “This is not for kids. They need to grow on their own and with their own mind; their own choice.”
Creating the YouTube channel is undoubtedly a passion project for the enthusiastic woman. As Ashley Belle continues championing her agenda, she plans to continue showing her journey and thoughts to the world. Above all, she hopes to attract like-minded individuals and create a tight-knit community to support and join her crusade.