If YouTuber Davey Wavey were to appear in a talent show, his act would be comprised of a long monologue of penis jokes that he would recite shirtless and/or pantsless. That’s just the kind of guy he is.
Since joining YouTube in 2007, Davey has become known in the YouTube community for his frank and hilarious vlogs on his life experiences as a gay man. Curious about what gay guys think about vaginas? He’ll tell you. Wondered why all the hot guys were gay? He has a video just for you. But there is one thing he wants you to always remember: he’s not your gay best friend — he’s just your best friend who happens to be gay. While you won’t be able to get through most of his 600 videos without kneeling over laughing, Davey’s openness to discussing his personal experience has also created a loving and allaccepting environment for his audience to visit. This year, Davey, along with many other prominent YouTubers, has joined the “Proud to Love” campaign that promotes tolerance and acceptance for the LGBT community. In the midst of celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling in support of marriage equality — Davey shared with NMR why he built his channel around his sexuality and the opportunities YouTube and its LGBT creators has provided him as an openly gay YouTuber.
What does Pride mean to you?
Davey: [laughs] Well I think it works on a couple levels. On kind of a more shallow surface level, I think for us as gay people we kind of get shit on the other 364 days of the year so it’s really fun, really amazing day where we’re allowed to be ignorant for 24 hours, just partying and celebrating and having a great time. And then it works on a deeper level recognizing all the work that the generations — and our generation — have put into getting as far as we are today. We’re only celebrating things like Proposition 8 or the repeal of DOMA because of the sacrifices that they’ve made through their blood, sweat and tears that we’re at where we’re at so at the heart that is really what pride is about.
How do you see YouTube as a platform providing more opportunities for the LGBT community to come forward and talk about their experiences?
When I was growing up we didn’t have YouTube. We didn’t have this amazing resource where you can go and tap into a community that doesn’t just give support but you can see people coming out to their relatives. You can learn about gay dating, you can learn things that — I didn’t know that another gay person even existed until I was in 6th grade. Today’s world is really different, and I think YouTube helped facilitate that. I think it’s a huge resource for gay people really of all ages that are coming to terms with themselves and accepting who they are.
What has been your experience as an openly gay YouTuber?
It’s funny because a lot of the stuff that I do obviously strikes a chord with other LGBT individuals, but what surprised me the most was the reaction of straight people. Like I have a clip of me coming out to my grandmother and it was actually used in the YouTube documentary “Life in a Day.” What was always really surprising to me, was after the screenings, gay people were like, “Yeah that resonates with us, we’ve all had that experience,” but for straight people to see that and to see how vulnerable it is when you come out to someone. My grandmother reacted really well, she told me how much she loved me and for straight people to see — I guess not just the vulnerability but how important it is to support this group of people that really need support. It was surprising to me how much it resonated with a bigger audience, a larger audience.