For years, these top LGBTQ influencers have been inspiring their respective audiences on digital platforms. With millions of followers among them, their reach is endless and their timeless advice and guidance for the LGBTQ community is imperative. From beauty vloggers and comedians to lifestyle and transgender rights activists, these top vloggers are highly valuable to the growth of society.
Top 15 LGBTQ Digital Influencers to Watch
Broadway actor, Choreographer, and Singer
Channel Name: todrickhall
Todrick Hall is a vocalist, actor, director, choreographer and entertainer from Arlington, Texas. Todrick Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube. As of 2013, Hall is under the management of Scooter Braun Projects and featured in Forbes Top 30 under 30 in the Hollywood category. His YouTube channel eventually exceeded two-million subscribers. In December 2013, he released a Christmas record, Dear Santa, and followed up with an hour-long visual album, Straight Outta Oz, in summer 2016. Hall went out on tour to promote the release later that year. Fall 2016, Hall joined the cast of Kinky Boots on Broadway as Lola.
Beauty and Fashion Expert, YouTube Sensation
Channel Name: Ingrid Nilsen
Ingrid Nilsen, also known as ‘missglamorazzi,’ is a 26 year-old vlogger (video-blogger) known for her videos on YouTube. Ingrid opened her YouTube account for missglamourazzi on November 7, 2009. Her videos mainly focus on beauty, fashion and vlogging, and she does a series of “GIY (Glam It Yourself) videos” where she teaches her viewers how to make little crafts, fashion items, and beauty storage, as well as DIY videos. She also has a second channel called the grid monster where she posts videos of her daily life, videos that normally don’t pertain to fashion or beauty.
Makeup Artist & Beauty Influencer
Channel Name: Manny Mua
This popular YouTube personality runs a beauty and makeup channel, Manny Mua, where he posts reviews, tutorials and more to his channel. He has a dedicated fan base of over 3.1 million subscribers. He began his YouTube career in July of 2014 and skyrocketed to more than 235,000 subscribers in the first 8 months of launching his channel. He established himself elsewhere in the social media realm with more than 3.7 million Instagram followers and over 150,000 Twitter followers as well.
YouTube star, Comedian, and Author
Channel Name: MyHarto
Hannah Hart, sometimes nicknamed Harto, is an American internet personality and comedian. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube in which she cooks something while intoxicated. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics. August 2014 saw the release of Hart’s first book, My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut. In 2013, Hart was nominated for, and won, the Streamy Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy.
YouTube Star and Gay Youth Advocate
Channel Name: Tyler Oakley
Tyler Oakley began making videos in 2007. Since uploading his first video while a freshman at Michigan State University, he has received over 86,000,000 video views and gained over 2,000,000 subscribers along with over 200 videos posted. He is a former member of the successful collaboration channel “5AwesomeGays,” where he produced the Friday video for over three years. Currently, he is described as having “one of the loudest voices on YouTube,” and Bloomberg defines him as a “YouTube sensation.” Oakley supports The Trevor Project, an organization for the prevention of suicide in LGBTQ youth. He has interned with them, hosted a red carpet event and raised over $25,000 in support of their work.
YouTuber and Singer-Songwriter
Channel Name: Troye Sivan
Australia-based singer and actor Troye Sivan makes lyrical ambient electronic dance-pop. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1995, Sivan moved to Perth, Australia with his family when he was two years old. Home-schooled, Sivan began singing and acting at a young age, but his biggest break came when he appeared as a young Wolverine in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” A year later, he appeared in the South African film “Spud.” Starting in 2007, Sivan had begun making videos of himself singing, and uploaded them to various social media sites — eventually garnering over two million subscribers.
YouTube Personality and Author
Channel Name: Joey Graceffa
Joseph Michael “Joey” Graceffa is an American actor, author, and YouTube personality from Marlborough, Massachusetts. He runs the YouTube channels JoeyGraceffa and JoeyGraceffaGames with 4.3 million and 1 million subscribers respectively. Joey Graceffa first began uploading videos to YouTube on a channel known as WinterSpringPro, with his high school classmate and friend Brittany Joyal. In 2009, Graceffa started posting videos on his own channel, called JoeyGraceffa. In 2015, Joey Graceffa released his first book In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World. In 2016, Joey released his first novel Children of Eden.
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Channel Name: Ari Fitz
Ari Fitz, previously known as Arielle Scott, first rose to fame starring on MTV’s 29th season of Real World: Ex-Plosion. The androgynous model and filmmaker has since gained massive success through her eponymous YouTube vlogging channel and the companion style channel Tomboyish. Fitz turned to YouTube to share her “Lesbians React” series and PROMBOYISH doc after appearing on MTV’s Real World in 2014. Now the 27-year-old is wrapping a doc, My Mama Wears Timbs, about a pregnant butch woman. Her career began in the tech world when, after studying at the University of California, Berkeley, she launched her first technology startup GenJuice.
YouTuber and Transgender Rights Activist
Channel Name: Kat Blaque
Kat Blaque, is Feminist YouTuber, Illustrator, Animator and Writer from Orange County, California. She’s been a blogger since 2005, Initially turning to the Internet as an emotional outlet, she has transformed her passion for social media and writing into a career. She currently contributes to Everyday Feminism, Pride.com, the Huffington Post and runs a Youtube channel with tens of thousands of followers. She has appeared on Buzzfeed, MTV News and MTV’s Decoded. While she graduated from Cal Arts with a degree in Character Animation in 2012, she finds that blogging has become a new and rewarding calling for her and a career for which she was built.
YouTube Star, LGBT Activist, Author
Channel Name: Jazz Jennings
Jazz Jennings is an honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation. Jazz speaks at universities, medical schools, conferences, conventions and symposiums. She is the youngest recipient of the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award, the youngest person ever to be recognized in The Advocate Magazine’s “Top Forty Under 40” annual list, and the youngest person to be listed on OUT Magazine’s Top 100 list. She’s also been honored and recognized at the 2013 GLAAD Awards, where she got to meet former President Bill Clinton. In September 2014, she released her children’s book, I Am Jazz. In 2016, Jazz released her memoir Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.
YouTuber, Makeup Artist & Beauty Influencer
Channel Name: PatrickStarrr
Filipino-American YouTube beauty expert, better known online as Patrick Starrr, who works as a professional freelance makeup artist. Starr loves makeup, photography and YouTube! Starr wants boys in BEAUTY! Starr is a professional makeup artist and wants to share everything he know about makeup and beauty! Starr says he is always learning as well. In the makeup industry there is no degree of success and you will always learn something new- whether it is new trends or techniques. He absolutely love working with people and especially enjoys doing others makeup on his YouTube channel.
YouTuber and Author
Channel Name: ConnorFranta
Connor Franta is an American YouTube vlogger, Internet personality and entrepreneur. He runs the YouTube channels ConnorFranta and More Connor, with 4 million and 0.8 million subscribers respectively. He was previously a member of YouTube group Our2ndLife under the Fullscreen Network but is now an independent member of the Big Frame network, managed by Andrew Graham. In addition to his vlogs, Franta is involved in various enterprises, including a clothing line and acting as a music curator. Franta has published two books, A Work in Progress: A Memoir (2015) and Note to Self (2017).
Fashion & Lifestyle YouTuber
Channel Name: MyLifeAsEva
YouTube sensation Eva Gutowski (better known as MyLifeAsEva) is a fashion, lifestyle and comedy vlogger with over 6 Million YouTube Subscribers and 16M followers across social media. Each week, Eva shares comedy sketches, travel footage, Tumblr-inspired DIYs and outfits, and more. In March 2017, Eva will premiere her first half-hour comedy “Me and My Grandma” starring TV comedy legend Rhea Perlman. All six episodes of season one will be available on YouTube Red and Google Play. Eva has been featured in People, AdWeek, Fast Company, Seventeen magazine, The Today Show, 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, and more.
YouTuber, Makeup Artist, Entrepreneur, and Musician
Channel Name: jeffreestar
Jeffree Star is a makeup artist, entrepreneur, and musician. Star discovered makeup at the age of 13 and has been obsessed with it ever since. After graduating high school, Star moved to Los Angeles and started working at makeup counters, freelances, and worked on many celebrities, music videos, fashion editorials, and weddings. Star now teaches makeup classes around the world and shares the secrets that he has learned through over 10 years of experience. It’s been a dream of his since he discovered his first lipstick, to create and own his very own brand. Star’s goal is to create products that do exactly what they say and that actually last!
YouTuber & TV Personality
Channel Name: Gigi Gorgeous
Gigi Loren Lazzarato was born Gregory Alan Lazzarato on April 20, 1992 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and raised in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. She is the daughter of David Lazzarato, the audit committee chairman at Yellow Media, and Judith Lazzarato, an investment adviser. Her family is of Italian and French heritage and she was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. Lazzarato has used her internet celebrity to bring awareness to transgender issues, the LGBT community, and anti-bullying. Her image was featured in a montage of transgender celebrities in the ABC 20/20 documentary about Caitlyn Jenner’s transition.
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