Jamie Raines

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Jamie Raines
Personal information
Born (1994-02-19) 19 February 1994 (age 27)
Colchester, Essex, England
OccupationPsychologist, YouTube personality
YouTube information
Years active2011–present
GenreLGBTQIA+, commentary
Subscribers846 thousand[3]
Total views106.0 million[1][3]
Associated actsNoah Finnce, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard
Catchphrase(s)"Dinosaurs are cool, transphobia is not"[2]

Updated: 14 September 2021

Jamie Anthony Raines[4][5] (born 19 February 1994[6]) is an English YouTuber, research psychologist and LGBT advocate.[7] His videos include commentary on gender identity and other LGBTQ+ issues as well as general lifestyle topics. Raines is a trans man and has documented his gender transition, including the effects of hormone replacement therapy and gender confirmation surgery.[8] His channel, Jammidodger, has over 800,000 subscribers.[1]

Early and personal life[]

Raines is from Colchester in Essex. He attended St Mary's School in Colchester.[7] He has chosen not to share his birth name or deadname, because he has mentioned that he remains uncomfortable with sharing it.[9]

Raines recalls feeling like a boy from age four and realised that he was transgender at age 16.[8] He describes his family and close friends as being immediately supportive and choosing the name Jamie with their help.[10] In order to document the physical changes he underwent during his transition, Raines took a photograph of himself each day for three years.[11]

Raines is engaged to fellow YouTuber Shaaba Lotun.[12][13][14] Both are bisexual.[15] The two met in a college art class and had become close friends prior to Raines' transition.[8] When Raines came out, Lotun's family were initially very disapproving of their relationship but are now far more accepting.[12] Each makes semi-regular appearances on the other's YouTube channel.[16]

Raines received his Gender Recognition Certificate late in 2019, which allows him to be recognised as a man in marriage.[17] He describes this as marking the end of his transition process.[18] The couple had planned to marry in 2020 but chose to delay the wedding as COVID-19 travel restrictions would have prevented members of Lotun's Mauritian extended family from attending.[19]



Raines started the YouTube channel Jammidodger in 2011.[1] The title is a reference to his name and to Jammie Dodgers, a popular type of biscuit in the UK.[citation needed] Having found YouTube videos to be a useful resource when discovering his own gender identity, he started the channel to provide a UK perspective on the transition process as well as to document the process for himself.[8]

Over time the channel has evolved to cover broader LGBT+ issues and also more general lifestyle content such as reacting to internet memes and subreddits, and reviewing cat toys.[20] Raines was prominent among the many YouTubers to make videos criticising the views about trans people expressed by J. K. Rowling.[21]

In 2020, both Raines and Lotun made videos as part of Southend Council's Protect Your Fam project to encourage social distancing, hand-washing and mask wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.[22]

In addition to frequently appearing in videos with his fiancée, Shaaba Lotun, Raines has made videos collaborating with other YouTubers such as Jessica Kellgren-Fozard and Noah Finnce.


Raines has a master's degree[7] and a PhD, in Psychology from the University of Essex. He was awarded his doctorate in 2021.[23][24] He has conducted research into the sexual response of transgender men[25] as well as other topics related to gender and sexuality.[26]


Raines series of daily selfies, which he took during three years of his gender transition, were compiled into a 20-second montage for the Channel 4 television documentary Girls To Men[20][11][27]

Raines was featured in the Channel 4 documentary series Bride and Prejudice covering the tensions within Lotun's family in the run up to their engagement.[7]


Raines was a finalist in the LGBTQ+ Account section at the 12th Shorty Awards.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Jammidodger - YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  2. ^ a b "Jammi Dodger - The Shorty Awards". shortyawards.com.
  3. ^ a b "About Jammidodger". YouTube.
  4. ^ @jammi_dodger94 (28 January 2021). "It's officially OFFICIAL! I feel like I've posted about this a lot, and I have been Dr Raines since I passed my viv…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: FTM transgender: How I Chose my Name. YouTube.
  6. ^ "I Googled Myself || Birth Name & Income" – via www.youtube.com.
  7. ^ a b c d "Transgender groom hopes to win over prejudices on Channel 4 show". Gazette.
  8. ^ a b c d "This transgender man documented his amazing journey on YouTube for over five years". Independent.ie.
  9. ^ FTM Transgender: My Birth name, retrieved 14 June 2021
  10. ^ Light, Kate (2017). Gender identity : the search for self. New York, NY. p. 53. ISBN 9781534560246.
  11. ^ a b "Watch: Trans man took a selfie every day for three years during transition". Attitude.co.uk. 8 October 2015.
  12. ^ a b ""My mum wouldn't accept my trans boyfriend"". Cosmopolitan. 11 October 2018.
  13. ^ Bakar, Faima (27 September 2018). "Muslim woman explains difficulties of marrying her transgender best friend".
  14. ^ "Shaaba. - YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  15. ^ "Bisexuals React to Bisexual TikTok" – via www.youtube.com.
  16. ^ "Jamie Raines".
  17. ^ "Why I Can't Get Married Right Now" – via www.youtube.com.
  18. ^ "This Marks The End of My Transition" – via www.youtube.com.
  19. ^ "We Cancelled Our Wedding" – via www.youtube.com.
  20. ^ a b "Trans man shares his transition experience in amazing YouTube videos". GCN. 20 December 2019.
  21. ^ Dodgson, Lindsay. "YouTube's transgender community is speaking out against JK Rowling's latest 'transphobic' comments". Insider.
  22. ^ "Social media stars push social distancing and face coverings in council's £10k Covid campaign". Echo.
  23. ^ Raines, Jamie (9 January 2021). Being Transgender: Effects of Behaviour, Arousal and Wellbeing (phd). University of Essex – via repository.essex.ac.uk.
  24. ^ "What Science Says About Trans Men" – via www.youtube.com.
  25. ^ Raines, Jamie; Holmes, Luke; Watts-Overall, Tuesday M.; Slettevold, Erlend; Gruia, Dragos C.; Orbell, Sheina; Rieger, Gerulf (26 February 2021). "Patterns of Genital Sexual Arousal in Transgender Men". Psychological Science. 32 (4): 485–495. doi:10.1177/0956797620971654. PMID 33635743.
  26. ^ "Jamie RAINES | University of Essex, Colchester | Department of Psychology".
  27. ^ "Girls To Men - Jamie's Transgender Transmission Timelapse" – via www.youtube.com.

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