Writes Nicholas Snow in the June 2016 cover story of GED Magazine, “You are most likely among the millions of people aware of the extraordinary journey of Aydian Ethan Dowling, “transgender activist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, fitness lover and husband,” echoed from the headline of his website. Here, we also learn: “Aydian documented his own transition on YouTube as a way to voice his thoughts, fears and successes; as well as offer a support mechanism for others looking to transition. His channel, ALionsFears, quickly became popular and, to date, has over 300 videos, reaches over 35,000 followers, and has more than 3.4 million views—not including his over 100,000 followers via his motivational Instagram page, @ALionsFear.”
Aydian Dowling is an FTM transgender activist from Patchogue, Long Island. Aydian documented his own transition on YouTube as a way to voice his thoughts, fears, and successes; as well as offer a support mechanism for others looking to transition.
His YouTube channel, A Lions Fears, quickly became popular and to date, has nearly 200 videos, reaches over 11k followers, and has more than 1 million views.
Nicholas Snow captured the video above at a June 27th reception.
In 2011, Aydian was chosen as one of three LGBT persons to have their stories showcased on the Emmy Nominated It Gets Better Project on MTV. Aydian and his now wife, Jenilee, spoke of their soon to be wedding and the challenges transgendered couples face when planning to wed.
2011 also marked the year Aydian Launched Point5cc, the first of its kind, stealth clothing company designed to highlight transgender pride. Point5cc also supply free binders to those in need throughout the community and offers $1,000 scholarships, annually, for individual surgery funds. Point5cc is the first binder exchange program that has been adopted by LGBT centers around the USA and its clothing has been worn by notable advocates such as Dan Savage of the It Gets Better Project, and Buck Angel. Point5cc is also a special feature on the Matthew Shepard Foundation youth website called Matthews Place. Aydian presented to his peers on the topic of Masculinizing Your Body at the 2013 Southern Comfort Conference, in Atlanta, GA; which followed his 2012 presentation on the topic of Emotional Transition.
Aydian has also done interviews with Fusion TV, FTM Magazine, the Trevor Project, as well as spoken at colleges such as Montana State and University of Oregon. Aydian continues his mission to help others by answering hundreds of emails a month and documenting his ongoing transition.