It’s not news that the YouTube community has always gone to great lengths to support the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals, but now one YouTuber in particular is being awarded for their services and his name is Connor Franta.
It’s only been a few weeks since we were applauding Hannah Hart for being honoured by GLAAD – an organisation who fight for equal representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the media – for being a “tireless advocate for self-love”. But now it’s the turn of Connor Franta, who is being recognised by The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for raising awareness for the LGBTQ+ community and fighting against bullying.
GLSEN, a “leading organisation focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools” will be awarding Franta at their annual Respect Awards in Los Angeles on Friday 21st October. The awards, that were first founded in 2004, act as a means to “showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ youth.”
Franta has previously worked with the organisation on their ‘Day of Silence’ initiative to help end bullying and GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, had nothing but positive things to say about the YouTuber with over five million subscribers. She stated: “Connor Franta has carried the message of respect to millions of young people online, and his authentic self-expression is the type that we envision for all of the youth we serve.”
Connor, being a member of the community himself, has always been there to help LGBTQ+ individuals and his ‘Coming Out’ video that was uploaded in 2014 has seen over 11 million views. We know that he will continue to promote equality and offer his services to LGBTQ+ youth.
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