A popular TikTok personality, Dylan Mulvaney, recently celebrated her 365th day of living authentically as a woman. The occasion was marked with a one-night-only cabaret show at the Rainbow Room in New York, which was received with overwhelming love and support from fans and friends alike. Among the congratulatory messages was a letter from US Vice President Kamala Harris, who praised Mulvaney for her courage and advocacy for transgender equality, while acknowledging the ongoing struggle for true equity and equality in the face of rampant hate and discrimination.
However, as with any public display of support for the LGBTQ+ community, the congratulatory message was met with an onslaught of vitriol from trolls, who took to social media to criticize and insult Mulvaney and Harris. Some accused Mulvaney of seeking attention, while others went as far as to call her a disgraceful representation of what a woman should be, sparking a debate around trans rights and gender identity.
Despite the hateful backlash, Mulvaney also received an outpouring of love and support from her fans and fellow TikTokers, including Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Paris Hilton, who celebrated her journey and encouraged her to continue breaking barriers and inspiring young people across the world. As the fight for true equity and equality continues, the voices of those like Mulvaney and her supporters remain critical in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights.