Gay TikTok stars Cooper and Luca Coyle, known as the Coyle Twins, have given a simple explanation to their followers who don’t understand the difference between drag and being trans.
The TikTok stars started out on YouTube, where they currently have 180,000 subscribers, and made their name with a viral video in which they both came out as gay to their mum.
The Coyle twins describe their drag alter-egos – Sugar and Spice – as “early 2000s teen fashion dolls brought to life… basically the low budget Mary Kate and Ashley of drag”, and together they have 3.5 million TikTok followers.
In a recent video, the twins responded to a fan who asked if they were trans.
Cooper said: “No, we identify as men, and we dress up… however you want to call this mess.”
Luca added: “Basically what you’re trying to say is, we’re drag queens.”
Explaining the difference between doing drag and being trans, Luca said: “Drag is an art form or a hobby that someone can do. Being trans is who someone is.”
“Every day we decide to get up into this geesh and look this crazy, but when you’re trans there’s not a choice,” Cooper said.
Luca explained: “Drag for us is a character, it’s an alter-ego. We take this wig off at the end of the night. But for trans people, it’s not for fun.”
Cooper jumped in: “This isn’t Hannah Montana for them, this is who they are.”
The twins said together: “Once we start accepting that and educating ourselves, and not judging and
not discriminating, the world will be a better place.”
They followed up their TikTok with a comment which read: “Also, drag is for EVERYONE (that includes trans women and men, and cis women too).”