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A summary of my Valentine’s Day drawings!

There are some mistakes (e.g. eye colors and some moles are missing), but I drew most of them for the first time, so please have mercy on me. :3 I also tried my best to include all the cute pets of them. UvU

<3

Year: 2045

Me: Hey sweetie! how was school?

Child: Great! We are doing this really cool study about early social media! I was assigned to YouTube! Remember it?

Me: *stares into camera like its the office*

referring to YouTubers as your friends so you don’t reveal how asocial you actually are

Because Of Youtube...

I have my own makeup artist

Originally posted by youtube

I have my own personal tour guide 

Originally posted by zozeebo

I have my own role model

Originally posted by youtube

I have my own comedians

Originally posted by thatcher-jaspar

I have my own poet

Originally posted by crazytronnor

I have my own songwriter

Originally posted by lookingfortronler

I have my own therapist

Originally posted by i-lost-my-hat

I have my own nerd enthusiasts

Originally posted by kieranwalker

I have my own greatest love story

Originally posted by gayshipsaremyweakness

and I have my own teammate

Originally posted by littlephilosaur

Except here’s the thing.

They’re not my own. 

They’re ours

Because of YouTube. 

Youtube and LGBTQ+

I was having a lovely Sunday, filled with laziness and, somewhat ironically, bingeing YouTube videos, until it was ruined by two things. 

The first, is snow, my nemesis and greatest foe.  The second was the shitstorm caused by the YoutubeIsOverParty hashtag currently trending on Twitter. And I’ve got to admit, as much as snow and I enjoy our eternal battle, I never once thought of YouTube as anything other than an ally. Though that has since changed.

Now, I understand censoring cursing and nudity, I’m pretty sure the latter has always been age restricted, but I am profoundly disturbed to discover that LGBTQ+ content is now considered “restricted”. That is absurd. You are absurd. This is absurd. And if anything, this just panders into the philosophies of the homophobic parents who wish to keep their children “protected” from such content.

YouTube always seemed to be this sort of free enterprise in term of content. A place where anyone could post anything as long as it wasn’t harmful to others. But restricting LGBTQ+ content is a harmful enterprise. Sometimes, all people have is the internet.  They don’t have supportive friends or family, so they’ll turn to the internet, and places like YouTube specifically, to find others like themselves. And many of these people are youths. Youth who are scared or questioning things and are looking to the content on YouTube for guidance. Putting a restriction on LGBTQ+ content is detrimental to those people.

Creators who strive for equality and acceptance should not be deemed restricted. These are people belonging to or supporting a marginalised community. They should not be vilified for trying to create a dialogue.

Please fix your error YouTube because I’d rather you not become my new nemesis. 

The restriction of LGBTQ+ videos on YouTube isn’t only affecting those content creators, it’s affecting those people who watch them.

Those people, many of them children, watch LGBTQ content because they feel connected to these people. They look at these content creators, look at what they’ve struggled with, look at how they can help themselves, and look at how that it really does get better.

At home, they may not be accepted or they are fearful of what would happen if they came out.

I haven’t come out to any of my family except my mom and even still, I haven’t gone into detail with my sexuality with her. She’s the most caring person I know but she just doesn’t understand. Maybe one of these kids feel like me. I have overly religious family members and the only ones that would understand would be my cousin and maybe my two younger siblings.

LGBTQ YouTubers are what helped me come to terms with who I am like Tyler Oakley, MilesChronicles, Gigi Gorgeous, and many many others.

They are what helped me see that I don’t need anyone’s approval and acceptance but my own.

If you’re reading this and are feeling depressed or anxious or confused or whatever, message me. I know what it’s like to struggle. We stick together in this community.