Although users with millions of followers have helped the trend gain traction, it has also been embraced by thousands of regular users as well. There are currently over 310,000 videos using the “Sweater Weather” sound on TikTok.
Users often comment that the lyrics as a subtle reference to their sexuality, or share videos of them lip syncing the lyrics in order to mark their identification with the bisexual community, Bustle reports.
A similar phenomenon has happened to the Girl in Red song “girls,” which fans celebrated as an anthem for the lesbian community.
The two songs have both served as codes for LGBTQ users to identify themselves. A video with a mention of the lyrics or hashtags #SweaterWeather or #girlinred is interpreted as a sly alignment with fellow bisexuals and lesbians, or as a platform for coming out.
Although girl in red singer Marie Ulven explicitly writes about her experiences as a queer woman in her songs, such as “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend,” it seems on the surface that there are no such mentions of bisexuality in “Sweater Weather.”
Furthermore, none of the band’s five members are part of the LGBTQ community, but according to Unpublished Magazine, the song’s immense popularity on social media platform Tumbr has lent itself well to its association with the bisexual community.
Of note as well is the section of the song that has gone viral, which specifically lacks any mention of gender pronouns: “One love, two mouths. One love, one house. No shirt, no blouse. Just us, you find out.”
A transgender woman was verbally attacked and harassed while filming herself during a livestream at a restaurant in San Francisco -- capturing the type of abuse to which transgender people are often subjected.
Lilly Contino, a trans content creator, was dining with her dog at the Cheesecake Factory in San Francisco's Union Square while live-streaming a conversation with her followers when an unidentified woman -- who does not appear on camera -- began harassing her, reports the UK-based newspaper The Independent.
"You know I'm a TERF, right? Trans-eccentric radical feminist," the woman, who seems to be intoxicated based on her voice, says off-camera.
TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney -- who has become the newest favorite punching bag for right-wingers and anti-trans activists -- was beset by attacks on Instagram after posting a note from Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating her on the one-year anniversary of her transition.
Mulvaney rose to prominence on TikTok, where she documented her transition as part of her "Days of Girlhood" series.
Mulvaney has since been afforded multiple opportunities, including taking part in a podcast hosted by cosmetics brand Ulta Beauty and participating in a sit-down interview with President Joe Biden where she questioned him about the proliferation of anti-transgender legislation being pushed in several states.
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