As a member of the YouTube community, I have been blessed with an amazing platform and a special group of supporters I wouldn’t trade for the world. Being a part of the LGBT community within this pool of creators has been just as spectacular. However, I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for those who came before me; the content creators who gave me inspiration.
As Pride Month comes to an end, I’d like to share my influences with you in hopes that you find a new source of entertainment and, better yet, if you’re a budding LGBT creator, a new source of inspiration and example.
From the moment I discovered Qaadir’s channel I was hooked. The veteran vlogger was sharing his experience at a McDonald’s job fair, and his story was one of the most hysterical things I’d ever heard. For nearly eight minutes, he mesmerized me with his unique blend of comedy, confidence and charisma. Never once did I have the urge to exit the upload. When the video ended, I promptly picked out another clip to enjoy and, before I knew it, I’d spent at least two hours on his channel. Qaadir was unlike anyone I’d ever seen, online or otherwise. He was unapologetically himself. Whether he was discussing an old lady approaching him in the perm section of CVS or simply browsing a Craigslist ad in the middle of the night, he exuded certainty.
And nearly five years later, I am still enthralled. There is no LGBT creator who has inspired me more. Qaadir is a true spearhead, a talent who did not take advantage of his sexuality to garner attention, but sucked you in with nothing more than his aura until you embraced every dimension of his being. And not a b*tch has ever come close. No tea, no shade.
The Skorpion Show
There is something special about you if I can be bothered to sit and watch you share your opinions for over an hour. That being said, “special” doesn’t even begin to justify Kevin and Makael, two creators from North Philadelphia who join forces every week for the always-stimulating “The Skorpion Show.” While both men are openly gay, it has never been the main focus of the channel, and apart from the occasional rib-tickling accounts of their weekend and vacation experiences, one may never even know that they’re watching LGBT content. However, once you’re a supporter (like me), you become familiar with these two and their unbreakable friendship, and root for every step in their trailblazing journey.
What started as uploads filmed in Kevin’s mother’s kitchen has grown into a miniature empire; the dynamic duo have interviewed Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy and pop superstar Lady Gaga, just to name a few. The pair also interacted with an array of Hollywood stars when they set up the camera to greet guests at Tamar Braxton’s husband’s birthday bash. Kevin and Makael are living proof that dreams do come true, a solid model of perseverance and dedication, and bona fide catalysts in the LGBT community.
While many know Danny from his stint on season 7 of “American Idol,” he has over 300 videos on YouTube ranging from vlogs to the recorded performances of his drag persona, Adore Delano, as she competes for a slot on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Danny’s most popular videos involve the character “Angel Baby”, a fierce chola who doesn’t take shit from anybody. His content is a perfect blend of hilarity and truth. No matter if I see Danny, Angel Baby or Adore in the thumbnail, I know I’m in for a unique treat.
At its core, Danny’s channel is one of the most underrated in the LGBT community. Viewers often see him interact with his mother and cousin, offering a heartwarming picture of an LGBT creator accepted and loved for who he is by those closest to his heart. Watching Danny is quite a remarkable experience – to see a young man be himself and so free and yet so loved – that every young LGBT individual should take a glimpse.
About the author:
Kingsley started making YouTube videos the summer of 2009. Through a combination of rants on pop culture and life, he has accumulated over 200 million video views with over 2,000,000 subscribers.