In honor of Pride and in advance of Logo’s Trailblazers special, we’re highlighting individuals from all walks of life who have made a difference for the LGBT community. We turn now to some young LGBT pioneers of YouTube and social media. These social creators have used their platform to advocate for a variety of LGBT causes. They have also increased acceptance and awareness simply by being out, proud… and immensely entertaining.
We profile ten such pioneers below and we’d like your help in crowning one of them the ultimate social creator trailblazer. You can vote for your favorite at the Trailblazers website. Voting is now open and continues through June 16.
You choice for the Trailblazing Social Creator of the Year will be announced during Logo’s Trailblazers special on June 26th at 9/8c.
Adam is the co-founder of the NOH8 Campaign. Launched in 2008 as an effort to promote the overturn of Proposition 8, NOH8 has gained the support of millions of people including celebrities like Josh Hutcherson, Idina Menzel and Pauley Perrette.
Follow him on Twitter @bouska
Gigi is a YouTube activist who came into the scene back in 2008 with her video “’Gregory Gorgeous’ Makeup Routine”. In 2013, Gigi came out as a transgender woman through her video “I Am Transgender”. The video currently has over one million views.
Follow her on Twitter @TheGigiGorgeous
The creator of the hilarious YouTube series, My Drunk Kitchen, Hannah is one of YouTube’s most recognizable faces. She has welcomed the world into her kitchen with a grilled cheese, a bottle of wine and a big smile.
Follow her on Twitter @harto
Miles Jai’s YouTube channel, MilesJaiProductions, is among one of the top subscribed LGBTQ-themed channels. His most popular video ‘Like Mah Status’ has over 11M videos. Miles never fails to make his fans laugh with his improv sketches, parodies and “beauty tutorials”.
Follow him on Twitter @milesjai
It only took nine seconds to launch this teenage social creator. When Lohanthony is not “Calling All The Basic Bitches”, this sassy star shares his love for pop culture to his 1.35M Twitter followers and 1M YouTube fans.
Follow him on Twitter @LOHANTHONY
Mark Miller & Ethan Hethcote
Adorable vlogging boyfriends and internet sensations Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote caught the eyes of over one million people with their popular ‘Awkward Kissing’ video back in 2013. Most recently they set the Guinness World Record for most selfies taken in an hour.
Follow Miller on Twitter @markemillr
Tyler is not just an internet star with over 4.5 Million YouTube subscribers. He’s an advocate for LGBTQ youth and supports The Trevor Project. In 2014, he raised over $525K for that organization by simply activating his fans.
Follow him on Twitter @tyleroakley
Dannielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo
Dannielle and Kristin are the co-founders of Everyone Is Gay. Most recently they were named as one of 2014 Top Ten LGBT-activists to follow on Twitter by Mashable. Their organization works to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth.
Follow them on Twitter @everyoneisgay
Arielle is the best friend you’ve always wanted. This self-described “lesbian Jiminy Cricket” shares her personal experiences and gives advice on dating, relationships and sex via her popular Youtube channel ArielleIsHamming.
Follow her on Twitter @ArielleIsHammin
Troye came out publicly on YouTube to his two millions fans back in 2013. This Australian actor and internet star chose YouTube as his coming out platform not only because he considers his followers as “real, genuine friends” but also in hope to provide comfort for others in the YouTube LGBTQ community.
Follow him on Twitter @troyesivan