Many LGBTQ+ people still
lack the support of coworkers, family, and community, especially those living outside of major metropolitan cities in the U.S. Though legal protections for LGBTQ+ folk are generally on the rise, many, especially teens, still report feeling unsafe, unwelcome, or unsupported in their communities. And, for those who lack community connection or validation from family and friends, what’s the best way to feel validated, seen, and empowered in your queer identity? Enter queer YouTube. For most people today, the internet is the ultimate resource for information, pop culture takes, and political musings. And, for LGBTQ+ people, having access to information around identity, resiliency, and empowerment are particularly important and necessary. For this reason, platforms like YouTube are particularly valuable. From trans makeup tutorials to stories about coming out, YouTube is teeming with queer content creators. There are countless queer YouTubers who have taken advantage of the platform to create thoughtful and inspiring content for their community. Ahead, we take a look at five LGBTQ+ YouTubers to shed some light on some of the content they tackle, their background, and what they have to offer the world through their stories. Jade Fox
Jade Fox is a masculine-of-center queer comedic YouTuber with old school YouTube vibes. Featuring videos such as "
Watch This Before Dating A Leo
" and a series entitled "
," Jade serves us the lesbian content we need.
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Kat Blaque is a trans blogger whose YouTube channel is focused on race, gender, and social justice. She started vlogging in 2010, and releases new videos every Wednesday. She also has a
. where members can see her process, get social justice education, and support her on her journey.
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Eva Gutowski runs the YouTube channel
, which has over 10 million subscribers. Eva identifies as bisexual and was named one of YouTube’s fastest growing stars by
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Bretman Rock is one of the biggest beauty influencers on the internet. The YouTube star has a sassy personality and a great sense of humor, which is why it's no surprise that he has nearly seven million subscribers on Youtube and over 12 million on Instagram. Rock is an outspoken LGBTQ+ activist, and unabashedly celebrates his individuality—online and off.
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Jazz came onto the scene as part of a
on transgender youth. Since then, she has become a national transgender figure and well-known YouTube personality. Jazz is notable for being one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as transgender, and her videos speak to individuality and resiliency.
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Gigi Lazzarato, known professionally as Gigi Gorgeous, is a transgender Canadian YouTube star. During her transition, Gigi documented her cosmetic procedures and they went viral. Since then, Gigi has received massive media coverage, and was
the subject of a documentary
that premiered at Sundance Film Festival.
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