This Poem Will Make You Seriously Rethink "Coming Out As Straight"
18 October 2016, 09:48
Ashley Mardell's "Stop Coming Out" is a devastating tribute to the non-LGBTQ+ YouTubers who try to make the day about themselves.
It's been a week since National Coming Out Day; where we shared some of the positive and uplifting messages from some of our LGTBTQ+ YouTube faves. It's important to have a day like this where marginalised people can feel safe to embrace an important part of their identity; but sadly, especially in the YouTube world, there will always be people who take advantage of this for views.
We've talked a bit about straight YouTubers queerbaiting in the past; but poet Ashley Mardell just summed it up much better than we ever could.
In "Stop Coming Out", Ashley targets the types of straight YouTubers who make clickbaity videos that make their sexuality seem more ambiguous than it is; videos where people "come out" as straight, or pretend to kiss their same-sex friends for a thumbnail are main offenders.
While she intended to upload the poem on October 11th, Ashley initially refrained from sharing, over concerns that it felt "a little angrier than [she] was comfortable with putting out there." But now that it's out, we are really grateful of the conversation it has started in the comments.