On Kate Hina Sabatines Tiktok page, you’ll often find the 25-year-old content creator morphing into Donkey Kong for her signature comedic lesbian parenting skits. “DK,” as they call the character, is a fictional wealthy lesbian parent of two, um, precocious children, Ramona and Cornelius. “Ramona hates getting compliments from straight people,” they will say. Or, “My 6-year-old Cornelius knows everything about the stock market.” (In our books, Donkey Kong is the coolest parent ever.)
Sabatine now has over 1.4 million followers for her comedic queer content. They started the account to normalize the app’s representation of queers — something they didn’t always have during their own upbringing. “As a kid, I never saw queer people on TV doing normal things (like having a family life). I’ve never seen an Asian non-binary lesbian on TV or in a movie,” says Sabatine. “If I’ve ever seen lesbian portrayals, it’s always been framed in this tragic, serious, or dramatic way. Creating the content I create has healed me a lot and it makes my inner child so happy.”
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But while their skits are hilarious, that’s not all they create on the app. They evaluate zodiac signs as sophisticated cocktailsstyle “male + femaleoutfits (her style is crazy good, by the way) and even suggest Gay outfit ideas for your gay date (we love the bookstore date look, complete with blazer and buttoned vest). “I would say my style is unspoken, eclectic and fabulous,” Sabatine says of her wardrobe. “I love dressing up every day, even if I’m not going anywhere.”
Below, Sabatine talks TikTok inspiration, what’s in her closet, and which video has been filming the longest.
What drew you to create on TikTok?
I used to work for a music artist and was trying to convince him to start a TikTok. Back then, it was the era on TikTok where artists exploded almost daily. They said, “Oh, I don’t know, blah blah blah,” so I made a deal with them: If I explode on TikTok in a month, you have to start promoting your music on TikTok. The idea was like, “Anyone can do it,” and it turned out, yes, anyone could do it. I went viral in 2 weeks. Then I just fell in love with creating content! After about 4 months I quit my job to focus on content creation full time and have no regrets.