Who is Kalvin Garrah?
Kalvin Garrah was born in Maryland, USA on 6 July 2000 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He is a YouTuber, probably known best for making videos about his experience as a trans male.
Early life and education
Kalvin grew up in Maryland with a younger sister named Lily to whom he has been very close to this day. Their father is a police officer, and their mother works as a secretary. Kalvin identified as non-binary while he was still attending middle school, but in 2017 he came out as trans, and started transitioning to a male.
He is currently a medical student at the University of Alabama, and a member of their lacrosse team.
Career on YouTube
Kalvin launched his YouTube channel in October 2011, but didn’t upload his first video entitled “GENDER NEUTRAL LOOKBOOK” until February 2016. In his following video, Kalvin publically came out as trans, and began making content about his experience as a transgender man in high school, and how he is transitioning. He had his gender reassignment surgery in 2019, and was taking testosterone for ten months prior to it. Around this time, Kalvin started making reaction videos alongside his usual content, in which he often criticizes the so called ‘social justice warriors’ which also included criticism towards other trans people.
Kalvin was heavily criticized by part of the trans community for making a video called “yes, being transgender is a mental illness”, in which he stated that a trans person needs a ‘proper reason’ to transition, and that gender dysphoria is a mental illness that causes people to become transgender. He also believes that there are only two genders, and rejects alternative pronouns.
His most popular video to date is “The Worst Transtrender I Have Ever Encountered (Trans Guys React)” from 2019, which has amassed over 1.7 million views. In the video, Kalvin and his friend Ryan talk about the Instagram influencer and make-up artist Quothfruits, who identifies as a transgender male while presenting female attributes.
As of May 2021, Kalvin has more than 320,000 subscribers on YouTube, and has attracted over 35 million views of all his videos.
He posted his last video entitled “Taking Accountability + Final Words” three months ago, and in it announced that he is giving up on making YouTube content for the foreseeable future.
During his YouTube career, Kalvin has been involved in many controversies and feuds with other content creators. In 2020, he made a video dubbed “The REAL Truth About Arielle Scarcella”, in which he claimed that she is a ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’ (TERF) and transphobic, because on her channel she endorsed the book “The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” by Abigail Shrier, while claiming that she also mistreated his friends.
Arielle responded with a video in which she denied the allegations, and made a call for feminism and trans activism to co-exist. Kalvin responded to this video critically, and commented under it on YouTube that he wants them to have a debate, to which Arielle didn’t respond.
Prior to this incident, Kalvin made a tweet supporting a radical TERF who advocates for trans women to be seen as male, and excluding transgender people from the LGBT community, but has since deleted the tweet.
Kalvin notoriously mocked another trans YouTuber, Brennen Beckwith. In his videos, he misgendered him, and said that he was playing ‘dress-up’.
Brennen received a lot of backlash from Kalvin’s fans, and in his three-part video series “Breaking My Silence on Kalvin Garrah”, he revealed that he was traumatized by the comments he received. Kalvin was called out for his behavior by other YouTubers as well, including CopsHateMoe, Samantha Lux and Kat Blaque.
In 2020, Elias Briggs started an online petition on Change.org entitled “Remove Klavin Garrah-s YouTube channel” which has been signed by more than 60,000 people. Those backing up the petition claim that Kalvin is spreading hate towards transgender people by using harsh language towards them, and putting down other content creators who are trans.
Social media presence
Aside from his YouTube channel, Kalvin is active on other social media networks.
Love life, sexuality and relationships
Kalvin is bisexual, but has only dated women so far. From 2017 to 2018, he was in a relationship with social media star and TikTok creator Kenna Noel. In 2019, he posted a video entitled “a day with my girlfriend”, which featured a girl named Sienna.
The couple broke up after a few months, and Kalvin is now dating Emmie Barnett whom he often features in his Instagram photos.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Kalvin loves animals – he even had a pet snake as a child. Now, he has a pet chameleon called Ezekiel, a gecko called Samson, a frog called Psalm Genesis, an axolotl Jemmina, and a dog Bella. He often posts photos of his numerous pets onto his second Instagram account ‘@kalvinszoo’.
He has numerous tattoos on his body, with his favorite being a tattoo of a gorilla on his right leg which represents power, strength and masculinity.
Kalvin’s favorite food is pepperoni pizza; he can’t stand chicken nuggets.
He loves indie music and is a big fan of Lana del Ray, especially her album “Ultraviolence”. He even runs an Instagram account dedicated entirely to her.
Kalvin has an electric guitar which he got from his father when he was a child. Despite being a skilled guitarist, he’s said that he wouldn’t consider pursuing a career in music.
Age, height and net worth
Kalvin is 20 years old. He has short dark brown hair and brown eyes, he’s 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall and weighs around 132lbs (63kgs).
As of May 2021, his net worth is estimated at over $100,000.