I am so proud of Ingrid Nilsen from YouTube for coming out, and I’m so excited at the waves her story can/will make in the YouTube and pop culture world! This is so exciting and awesome because Ingrid is a well-established, extremely popular YouTube beauty guru.
Unlike many other LGBTQ+ women on YouTube, she has been in the closet for the entirety of her YouTube career. It’s incredibly powerful for LGBTQ+ viewers to see that a) it is totally 100 percent okay to take your time to come out of the closet when you are ready and safe and b) it is never, ever too late to be the truest version of yourself.
Not to mention, Ingrid is a very feminine-presenting individual. Identifying as a lesbian woman AND wearing primarily traditionally feminine clothing/ having a career in the beauty and makeup world is SO VALUABLE because it isn’t the typical “lesbian narrative” popularized on Tumblr and YouTube of the masculine-presenting, butch-identified lesbian woman. Of course, any identity as an LGBTQ+ individual is completely 100 percent valid and should be respected. But it’s so so so powerful for young queer women and girls to see an example of a successful, lesbian woman of color who defies stereotypes of what a lesbian “should” and does look like.
We need more Ingrid Nilsens in the world. I’m so, so proud of Ingrid for opening up so personally to her fanbase and the scary abyss of the internet. I’m so, so proud of Ingrid for being true to herself and being unafraid to explore her sexuality and its implications in her life. And I’m so, so proud of Ingrid for being so brave. For being so raw. For being so real.
tl;dr: Ingrid Nilsen’s coming out story is so valuable because it defies the typical “lesbian narrative” and proves that it’s never too late to be true to yourself–and that it’s totally OK to wait until you’re ready to come out of the closet! Props to you, Ingrid!