YouTuber Miles McKenna calls out VidCon after being deadnamed on panel

17 July 2019, 16:59

Miles McKenna
Miles McKenna. Picture: Getty: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GLAAD
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"Hire people that know LGBT to head an LGBT panel. I’ve worked in this space for years and this has never happened to me.”

YouTuber Miles McKenna has spoken out about an upsetting experience of being deadnamed and the wrong pronouns used to refer to him on an LGBT panel at VidCon.

Although VidCon has since apologised, Miles has questioned how the incident was able to occur in the first place.

Explaining what happened on Twitter, Miles said: “Yesterday I was called she/her and deadnamed on a panel by the moderator who, after I corrected that you don’t call trans ppl by their old name, said “I didn’t know”. Who allowed someone that doesn’t know how to address trans people [to] moderate an LGBT panel @VidCon ?”

The panel Miles spoke on was called ‘LGBT Activism and Awareness’, so Miles says he was especially surprised that someone who didn’t have an understanding of trans issues was allowed to moderate the panel. “Here’s me doing my part in activism and awareness. Hire people that know LGBT to head an LGBT panel. I’ve worked in this space for years and this has never happened to me.”

“My issue is less with someone’s ignorance and more with how was that person allowed to head a panel that partly focuses on trans topics. Who allowed me to be on the same stage, as well as allow me to invite my young trans audience saying it’s a safe space.”

Also addressing the incident on Instagram, he said it had been a ‘rough’ experience, writing: “Well, today has been incredibly rough. :/ Here’s me in a cowboy hat.”

VidCon has since responded to Miles, saying: “VidCon prides itself on being a safe and trusted space for all of our Featured Creators. We do our best to research and stay vigilant in what is appropriate in each of the communities that are represented in this diverse online video space.

“A mistake was made yesterday that left @TheMilesMcKenna hurt. We have reached out to him directly to discuss it. We are committed to trying to eliminate instances like this moving forward and are so sorry that this happened.”