Shane Dawson has really done some shit in the past. His older videos are problematic as hell (though I can’t speak for his new material, and I’ve heard he’s apologized but I can’t confirm that). I understand he’s incredibly imperfect and I am not now and never will defend his previous actions.
But his coming out video is incredibly important. He says a lot of important things that challenge things like heteronormativity and the idea that sexuality is black and white (gay or straight). So many people don’t realize this and the fact that it’s coming from someone with this amount of influence is incredible and can literally change the lives of people who are unaware.
As far as people not welcoming him into the lgbtq+ community because of his past homophobic comments, it’s more than clear that he’s faced internalized homophobia that stemmed from self-hatred beginning at an early age. And as someone who has done the same, I have to defend that. It’s so fucking hard growing up in a religious family when you aren’t straight. You fall into this out of self-hatred and it feels like you’ll never escape. I honestly believe he needs the support of the lgbtq+ community right now just as much as anyone else.
And as far as him misgendering Caitlyn Jenner, it quite obviously wasn’t intentional. And he did correct himself, while praising her at the same time. I understand that it’s awful to misgender people but it’s a mistake that does happen. I’ve misgendered my own best friend before. Accidentally misgendering someone doesn’t make you “transphobic trash” or anything else, so long as you understand why it’s wrong and correct yourself.
Shane Dawson has an incredibly limited world view and a lot of internalized prejudice, likely due to his religious upbringing, but he’s still a human being and deserves a lot better than what some people are giving him.
Struggling with your sexuality, along with internalized homophobia stemmed in self-hatred is fucking hard and now isn’t the time to write off his struggle because of past actions.