Over the last 5 days there has been a lot of YouTubers commenting on the fact that there has been censors on certain YouTube videos, which included LGBT+ Videos. These censors are protecting children from watching certain types of videos and it limits videos to the viewers to ensure that they get the videos that they may want to watch.
As someone who watches YouTube videos on a daily basis, I am utterly shocked by this. I am disappointment as some of the most popular YouTubers are in fact LGBT. I understand that some videos may include comments or scenarios that children shouldn’t be watching, but knowing that education LGBT+ videos are being prevented from watching is heart breaking.
*The images below are show with and without the filters. The images without the filters will be on the Left hand side and the images with the filters will be on the Right hand side*
- Ty Turner is a transgender YouTuber who documents his transition, talks about LGBT+ subjects and a variety of other subjects and most of his videos have been taken down due to him talking about his transition and other LGBT issues.
- Calum McSwiggan is a British YouTuber who highlights different LGBT+ issues from porn, to HIV, to his own personal story and beyond. Calum has been one of the top people who has helped me during coming out and accepting who I am. The most worrying part of this is Calum has created over 100 videos, and with the filter on only ONE video shows up.
- Alex Bertie is a British YouTuber who highlights transgender issues and his own personal story and his “Quest to find a beard” on his channel. Alex is also another strong role model of mine as when I came out, I would binge watch his videos as he was one of the only transgender role models online 4 years ago.
What is more worrying is the fact that Bisexual YouTubers are being portrayed as “straight”. If a bisexual Youtuber who is a woman makes videos about both men and woman, the videos that the individual may talk about past girlfriends / her bisexuality / woman will be restricted, which enables the viewers to assume that she is straight due to her only speaking about guys, which is utterly disgraceful.
My sister was two years old when I came out as transgender, and to this day she hasn’t batted two eyelids at it. She hasn’t been “influenced” by me, she hasn’t been scared for life the only thing that she has done is accept people for who they truly are. These days children are the most acceptable people within our society as they don’t care about an individuals background, gender, sexuality, age, race, religion.
YouTube, you are isolating LGBT+ children and young adults, Yes you are doing this in your best interest towards these young individuals, but you may cause damage.
I have been nominated for an award!!!
I have recently been nominated for the positive role model within the LGBT+ Community, which is awarded by the national diversity awards here in the UK. If you would like to vote for me, check out the link here.