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The stark divide between ‘Straight TikTok’ and ‘Alt TikTok’

The stark divide between 'Straight TikTok' and 'Alt TikTok'

Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people who make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off.


If you’ve been on TikTok long enough, you’re probably familiar with Alt TikTok. If you haven’t heard of that term before, it’s probably because you’re on Straight TikTok. 

TikTok is notorious for its viral dances, lip synced “acting,” and uncomfortably horny POV videos in which the user pretends to take the audience out on dates. 

But on another side of the platform, which algorithmically recommends content based on each user’s preferences, is “Alt TikTok.” Also known as “Gay TikTok,” “Beans TikTok,” or “Elite TikTok,” the subsect rejects mainstream trends in favor of surreal humor and alternative aesthetics. Shaped by the dredges of emo culture and the heavy Dadaist influence of its millennial predecessors, Alt TikTok embodies all that is queer.  Read more…

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