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By Matt Skallerud | LGBT influencers, bloggers, vloggers and YouTube videos

Cruising Online Was Actually Fun Before Grindr Ruined Everything

Craigslist, AOL chatrooms, and were something today’s apps aren’t: fun.

Cruising Online Was Actually Fun Before Grindr Ruined Everything

Craigslist, AOL chatrooms, and were something today's apps aren't: fun.<p>In the 1990s and in the midst of the intifada, Sam* was going to school in Jerusalem by day and meeting men from online chat rooms by night. In the holiest city in the world, finding eligible gay bachelors wasn't a …


Twitter is incorrectly guessing the gender of trans users — and they aren't having it

Transgender Twitter users aren't here for the platform's gendered assumptions. And they sure aren't hesitating to make that known.<p>Here's the deal: Twitter released a new set of tools on May 17 which allow users to see and control the data advertisers use to target ads on the social media platform. …

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Bullying Is Driving LGBTQ People Out of Tech, Study Finds

There has been no shortage of news coverage surrounding high-profile reports of harassment and discrimination in the tech industry. Most notably, perhaps, was the recent coverage of a former Uber engineer who detailed in a blog post the sexual harassment she said she experienced while working for …


Rainbow flag designer commemorated with free font family

The iconic rainbow flag has been an instantly recognisable symbol of LGBTQ social movements since the 1970s. Sadly, its designer Gilbert Baker died …


Too gay for YouTube? New restrictions target LGBT videos

When local YouTube icon David Levitz opened his Twitter account on the morning of March 19, he was drawn into the spiral of YouTubers blasting…

OUT Web Fest 2017 hosts opening night to honor LGBTQ influencers Tyler Oakley and Gigi Gorgeous

OUT Web Fest (OWF) returns on May 12th 2017 to celebrate the best in independent LGBTQ digital storytelling with an opening night event at YouTube Space LA. Featuring luminaries in the LGBTQ and media communities and hosting speaker panels by industry-leading figures, the three-day festival will commence with a red-carpet premiere at the beautiful, YouTube …

SlayTV: the premiere destination for global queer and trans content

Though its digital TV network, SlayTV, this growing media company is launching with web-series, movies, documentaries and content specific to the experiences of Queer People of Color, globally. Slay. is launching it’s TV Up Front in New York City on May 15

YouTube restores 'wrongly blocked' LGBT videos

<b>YouTube has modified its content filter after complaints it had blocked political and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) videos.</b><p>Restricted mode is an optional filter designed to hide content that may be judged unsuitable for children.<p>But many prominent LGBT video-makers said their videos …


VIP Lounge: Randy Rainbow

If There’s One Silver Lining To the 2016 election, it’s at least four more years worth of Randy Rainbow’s raucous political parody songs.

People are quitting LiveJournal in droves after Russian owners ban political, LGBTQ talk

Venerable blog platform LiveJournal is now saying goodbye to some of its biggest users, after announcing it's taking steps to comply with Russian law.<p>The platform, which moved its servers to Russia in December last year, updated its terms of service last week, <i>Gizmodo</i> reports.<p>Under the terms, …

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Men's-Only Dating App Grindr Announces Launch of LGBTQ Online Magazine Platform 'Into'

“People hook up on Grindr, but it’s about more than that.”

Some LGBTQ+ videos are being filtered on YouTube and vloggers want answers

Several popular LGBTQ+ YouTube vloggers have claimed that YouTube is using the site's "restricted mode" to hide some of their videos.<p>The restricted mode for YouTube, according to Google, enables users to filter out "potentially objectionable content," leading some LGBTQ+ vloggers to accuse YouTube …


LGBT community anger over Youtube restrictions which make their videos invisible

#YouTubeIsOverParty trends on Twitter after users say videos referencing same-sex relationships are being filtered out

The LGBT "TwitterSphere" - How Do You Do It? The Unique Language of Twitter

As the second part of the LGBT TwitterSphere series of articles, this blog post focuses on the HOW of Twitter… how do you do it and how do you make it work for you? This is key, as a large number of individuals and businesses are posting from Facebook to Twitter automatically, which just doesn’t cut it. Others are focused solely on driving traffic to their websites, and if they are an LGBT media company, their website might be the only place an advertiser is able to be promoted, not on Twitter …

YouTube's Restricted Mode Is Hiding Some LGBT Content

Anyone who’s ever visited YouTube and ventured into the comments knows that the site struggles with how to deal with offensive content, and now it seems one of its content filtering features might have gone a bit too far. Over the past few days, several LGBT vloggers have accused YouTube of hiding their material through the “Restricted Mode” feature.

Grindr launches Gaymoji, because ​every eggplant is unique

Nothing says "I love you" like a picture of a perfect peach.<p>Banana hammock, butt dial, it's raining men -- sometimes the standard emoji just doesn't cut it in the dating scene.<p>But Grindr, the dating app for gay and bi men, has a solution: Gaymoji!<p>The set of 500 new emojis features everything from …


Trump Era Threats to LGBT Rights Must ‘Wake People Up,’ YouTube Star Todrick Hall Says (Video)

Prolific content maker, YouTube star and documentary subject Todrick Hall spins high-quality, independently financed creations for his fans — many of whom identify as LGBT. “It’s beautiful to see allies, people fighting for LGBTQ rights, men fighting for women’s rights and people who are Americans fighting for foreigners,” he said.

The LGBT "TwitterSphere" - This is Where the LGBT Eyeballs are Going Today!

Fast forward to today, and with everything that’s taken place since then, including the dot com bust and the subsequent growth of strong Internet-based businesses from all facets of life and industry, it’s easy to see that doubting the direction and growth of the Internet was misguided at best.

Tinder's Sean Rad: App has made 250,000 transgender matches

Tinder is not only helping transgender people date, it's also helping to normalize what it means to be trans.<p>In November, the popular dating app introduced the option to let users identify as any gender, not just male or female.<p>As a result, the app has seen roughly 250,000 matches with transgender …


The Human Rights Campaign trolled Republicans at CPAC with an ad on Grindr

<b>Despite promising to fight for the LGBT community, the Trump administration continues to disrupt LGBTQI progress and equality...fortunately the Human</b> …

YouTube Pulls Controversial Music Video With Graphic Gay Sex After It Racked Up 700,000 Views

Brendan Maclean defends “House of Air” as art: “This was never a ‘marketable’ idea, but it was an original one that I cared about. Was it for everyone? Absolutely not. Has it been the most success I’ve had with anything ever? Absolutely.”

Hornet Merges Content, Events and Stories onto Gay Social App

For the first time ever a Gay Social Network brings content together as one complete package.

BMW is the most successful Instagram channel among automotive brands worldwide

The BMW brand’s international Instagram channel has broken through the ten million followers’ mark, making it the most successful automotive brand on …


Travel Vlogger Ravi Roth Parties in Cape Town, Ends Up Naked with the Locals (Video)

Watch as he hikes to the top of Lion’s Head, bikes (and drinks) through a local vineyard, hits up the nightlife scene and ends up on Cape Town’s nude beach

2017 Here We Come! LGBT Week NYC + Influencers + New Media + We’re Hiring

We wanted to take this time to wish you all an absolutely wonderful and happy New Year! We look forward to both working with you, as well as connecting with you at some of the various LGBT business events happening this year, including our signature event LGBT Week NYC, produced in partnership with Community Marketing & Insights, and sponsored by Rivendell Media and Argentina.

How Companies Will Use Social Media In 2017

If that sounds Pollyanna-ish, think again. A curious thing has happened as companies’ ability to reach users organically on social media has tanked: The power of social media to influence buying decisions has surged. In one of the most comprehensive studies to date, McKinsey recently surveyed 20,000 consumers in Europe and found that social recommendations are behind more than a quarter of all purchases made. This is well above the 10% to 15% that’s been estimated in earlier research. And in …

Girls in Tech celebrates a decade by ringing the NYSE closing bell

Celebrating a decade of promoting diversity, Girls in Tech leader Adriana Gascoigne rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange today.<p>Started a decade ago, the nonprofit group now has more than 50,000 members across 60 chapters around the world.<p>Gascoigne started Girls in Tech in San …

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Las Vegas with my boyfriend & Davey Wavey!

I went to Las Vegas with my boyfriend to attend and speak at a conference on LGBT Tourism with fellow YouTubers Davey Wavey and Arielle Scarcella, amon