Just two months ago, the whole world was in shock after the horrific mass shooting in a gay club in Orlando; this direct hate crime against LGBTQ+ individuals saw the YouTube community unite to take a stand against this homophobia with their #ProudToBe campaign.
The coming together of the LGBTQ+ YouTube community wasn’t seen as unusual, as thousands of individuals have already taken to the video sharing platform to share their ‘coming out’ experiences whilst supporting each other in a safe environment. One of these YouTubers is the comedienne, best-selling author and all round great human being, Hannah Hart, who has shared her coming out experience in an eight part video series – and is now being awarded for it.
The YouTuber, with almost three million subscribers, is being honoured by GLAAD- the non-profit organisation who advocate equal representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the media.
Hannah will be receiving the Davidson/Valentini Award on 8th September at their annual Gala in San Francisco and according to the organisation, the award is given to “an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance for the LGBT community.”
The President and CEO of GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis, had nothing but positive things to say about Hannah when talking about her award, stating: “By using her powerful platform to elevate LGBTQ stories, Hannah Hart has proven to be a tireless advocate for self-love and acceptance…Her messages of empowerment inspire countless LGBTQ youth and move hearts and minds across the world.”
However, Hannah isn’t the first YouTuber to receive this prestigious award. Last year, fellow YouTuber and LGBTQ+ rights campaigner, Tyler Oakley, was given the honour of accepting the title after the incredible work he had done, and continues to do to promote equality.
As always, let us know what you think in the comments and in the meantime, catch up on the rest of this weeks YouTube news with our latest instalment of SLAY or NAY.