These LGBTQ+ YouTubers Will Fill You With Pride No Matter Who You Are
If you're reading this, then you probably already know there's a huge following for LGBTQ+ vloggers on YouTube, not to mention Instagrammers who spread the love on both platforms. Shortly after my sister Rachel and her girlfriend Megan started dating, it became clear that their friends and family loved their love. They wanted to see them in action, exploring new places, joking around with one another, and most importantly, addressing LGBTQ+ topics that people all over the world don't just want to be informed about, but need to be. With the launch of their YouTube channel, Megan and Rachel joined a community of influencers who all spread the same message about sexuality and identity: it's OK to be who you are.
There are so many reasons you're bound to become a subscriber to these channels, though. If you're into fashion and beauty, Nikita Dragun and Andrea Russett will instantly feel like your new best friends. If you're here to learn, Stevie Boebi makes queer educational videos and teaches sex education on her channel. And if you want to laugh, trust Hannah Hart to crack you the f*ck up (she also recently managed to find time to star in Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" music video — no big deal). "Feeling pride as someone who is LGBTQ+ is not just about celebrating with the community, but about feeling supported — and that comes with people watching our videos," Megan told me.
Alissa & Sam
Alissa Carrington and Samantha Michele Miani are a lesbian couple who could be considered "couple goals." They're always engaging with their followers and their videos are mostly entertainment based. Whether they're just vlogging to show a day in the life or pulling pranks on one another, they'll have you laughing out loud and smiling in no time. Follow them here.
Amber Whittington shares a little bit of everything. She's both motivational and entertaining, and her videos include comedy skits, challenges, some fashion hauls (she's got awesome tomboy style), and conversations about informative LGBTQ+ topics. Amber's very down to earth — the type of person you want to hang out with all day long. Follow her here.
Loving the Dash
Loving the Dash is a channel that follows Rachel Wasilak and Megan Kai, a young couple living in NJ. The channel focuses on inspiring others to spend their lives doing things they love with the people they love, so you'll see plenty of new experiences here — traveling to festivals for the first time, ordering everything on the menu at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and exploring awesome locations. The meaning behind the YouTube name? Loving the Dash refers to the time between the year you were born and the year you die; the in between. You were given one chance in this "dash," so spend it doing the things you love with the people who care about you and support you for being you. Follow them here.
Nikita Dragun is a transgender woman. She's inspiring because she's so open about her identity. Not only is she beautiful, she posts entertaining videos that will make you laugh, and her makeup and beauty tutorials are absolutely incredible. Now she talks a lot about what it's like to be transgender because when she first launched her channel, she wasn't as open. You'll want to follow along from start to finish to understand why her story is so special. Follow her here.
Rose and Rosie
Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton are a well-known married British couple. They release weekly videos to entertain their large fan base (they've got almost one million followers!). Their hilarious channel includes a little bit of everything — they dish out relationship advice, discuss LGBTQ+ topics, vlog about challenges, and address reactions from their fans. Follow them here.
Shane Dawson is a gay YouTuber (although he isn't known only for being part of the LGBTQ+ community). Shane's videos are a huge hit because they're unique with incredible effects. He makes tons of content surrounding conspiracy theories (if you like that sort of thing), along with documentaries about people he finds interesting, and he posts some creepy videos, too. If you're a foodie and you're into viral trends, there are plenty of parodies here that will make you crack up. Follow him here.
Stevie Boebi makes queer educational videos, teaches sex education, and talks about disability, which sounds pretty intense, right? But Stevie does it with ease and a great sense of humor. She encourages self-help, addresses issues it seems like everyone's scared to talk about, and she still manages to make you laugh with her personality alone. Follow her here.
Tom Daley is a gay Olympic diver, and his videos are mostly about his lifestyle as an Olympic athlete. You can find vlogs, videos of his best dives and workouts, and he discusses his eating habits too. But Tom keeps things fun — some videos even feature his husband, Dustin Lance Black. Follow him here.
Hannah Hart is best known for her drunk kitchen videos. Well, maybe she was until she was featured in Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" video, which included many celebrities and influencers from the LGBTQ+ community and promoted equality. But Hannah herself is a role model for so many people — some might even compare her to Ellen DeGeneres because she has so many fans, she's smart, she's funny, and, yeah, she just happens to be gay. Follow her here.
Shannon Beveridge is one of the most well-known LGBTQ+ public figures. Her YouTube videos run the gamut, addressing general LGBTQ+ topics and more personal stories about her life. Shannon's words are also just extremely moving. It's almost therapeutic to listen to her talk, but she makes jokes, too, in case you're in the market for some humor. Follow her here.
Andrea Russett describes herself as an oddball. She started making videos out of teenage boredom, but one look at her Instagram confirms she was born to be a fashion and beauty influencer. Andrea's not afraid to be herself and interact with her fans. (She curses and she may or may not have admitted she was stoned on occasion.) She's like the one best friend you're missing from your life. Not all of her videos address LGBTQ+ issues, but Andrea has come out to her fans. Follow her here.