LGBT New Media

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


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 …

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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.


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 …

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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

With a bet on diversity, Blizzard reveals Overwatch’s queer character

After months of hinting, Blizzard finally revealed which member of Overwatch’s colorful cast of characters counts themselves part of the LGBTQ community. The..

LGBT New Media Expo Was A Success!

In what is set to be the first in a series of LGBT New Media Expo’s debuting in 2017, our event in Las Vegas, held in conjunction with the CMI Tourism & Hospitality Conference, was a success! We had exhibitors including .LGBT, IGLTA, Revry.TV, QLife Magazine, Gay.Vegas,,,, Here Media, Q.Digital, Remember Cuba, Man About World, Blu Magazine, and our company, Pink Banana Media. The folks who developed the “Socio – Shake and …

Lesbian Travel Bloggers You Should Be Reading

The ultimate list of lesbian travel bloggers on the world wide web.<p>Travel blogging has become a huge industry, with everybody and anybody blogging about their travel experiences. But, when it comes to lesbian travel bloggers they are few and far between. These bloggers offer stories a lesbian can relate to. They offer a certain humor and perspective about travel, while pushing the boundaries in regards to LGBT issues.

Post-conference and post-Expo evening at #CMITourism #cmi2016 #gaytravel (at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)

Post-conference and post-Expo evening at #CMITourism #cmi2016 #gaytravel (at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)

LGBT New Media Expo Las Vegas – Dec 13, 2016

We have two new presentations scheduled… one by the Q.Digital team entitled “Connecting to LGBTQ’s via Publisher Partners, Influencers & Branded Content” and the 2nd by Revry.TV entitled “Beyond YouTube: The Rise of Premium Digital Platforms“.<p>After the trade show & expo, the folks at QVegas and Gay.Vegas have put together an after-party reception at the Clique Bar & Lounge inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel, next door to our venue at the Vdara. This event is from 7-9 pm, and includes open bar hosted …

Forbes 2016 list of highest paid YouTubers will make you weep

Oakley, who this year competed on The Amazing Race, recently signed a deal with Ellen DeGeneres for his own digital talk show. He has over 8 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. In 2015, he co-hosted the Streamy Awards (which aired on Vh1), published a book of essays called Binge and released his documentary Snervous.

Positive LGBTQ representation in media really can change lives. This touching story proves it.

She saw a gay character in Supergirl come out and still be loved — and it changed her life.

Confessions of an Instagram Influencer

This article is basically a “tell all” in getting into the nitty gritty of how to build a large social following, with some gray areas of social media ethics included.

LGBTQ influencer marketing success story: GayCities & New Orleans

We sent Max and Kyle to New Orleans for a few days to shoot a new season of Out in GayCities, a travel video series GayCities launched in 2013 (in partnership with Lexus). Max and Kyle have a great on-screen chemistry, which made for great video content and a great season!