YouTube, Digital Stars Cheer Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Ruling

YouTube, after the U.S. Supreme Court decision Friday legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, touted its role as a catalyst for the LGBT community over the last few years — with equally enthusiastic responses from some of the site’s biggest stars.

The Google-owned site posted a video montage that includes gay YouTubers’ stories with the hashtag #ProudToLove, patting itself on the back as being a home for LGBT creators to connect.

“YouTube has given creators like Tyler Oakley and Jazz Jennings, to entertainers like Ellen DeGeneres and Todrick Hall, a platform to entertain and inspire, while raising LGBT awareness in society as a whole,” it wrote in a blog post. “Thanks to creators and fans alike, YouTube has become a home to coming-out videos and transitioning videos, a place where people can share advice, find a community, or encourage activism.”

YouTube isn’t completely overstating its case. For example, in 2010, the #ItGetsBetter meme took off after gay activist-writer Dan Savage posted a YouTube video reassuring gay teens being bullied or harassed that things will improve.

The site’s biggest gay stars reacted with digital applause at the Supreme Court ruling — although immediately, they are taking to Twitter to voice their delight.

“OMG! What a beautiful freaking day! Same-sex marriage now legal in all 50 states… ABOUT DAMN TIME! #Equality,” tweeted Joey Graceffa, who has 4.9 million YouTube followers. The 24-year-old vlogger in May announced he was gay in a coming-out video, something he said he has been considering for two years. The video was timed to promo his recently released book, “In Real Life.”

Tyler Oakley — a top YouTuber who came out when he was 14, before the video site even existed — also weighed in on Twitter: “I’ll never forget today. thinking of all the incredible LGBTQ+ icons who paved the way.”

Oakley, with 7 million YouTube fans, has used the video site and other social channels to raise money for the Trevor Project suicide-prevention organization. In March he reached his $500,000 fundraising goal for 2015, becoming the org’s largest single contributor.

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  1. Calf says:

    This is all I need to know on the matter – In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Romans 1:27

  2. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    160 page report on same-sex marriage, eh, Variety??? I’m glad I don’t have a subscription.

  3. Rajagopalan Murari says:

    A Different Term could have been introduced instead of “Marriage”.While there may not be anything intrinsically wrong with a Same Sex association;a marriage should be interpreted as an association between a Male and a Female potentially capable of an Offspring!.The Biological component should be taken into consideration to arrive at the legality.Thus,while same sex associations should be legally permissible,it would ultimately be only an association!

    • LeeTheGirl says:

      What the hell difference would that make, fool? You think making a new word would have made anything different or better? You might be forgetting that the people who fought so hard against gay marriage can´t see beyond the fact that these people are not straight and that means they will actively deny them anything they want/need.

      • Rajagopalan Murari says:

        The Difference is that the Word “Marriage” would stand for an association which potentially depicts the Continuation of the Species through mating and production of progenies,which would clearly distinguish it from the Blind End of a “Gay Association”.I would also like to state that I have nothing against Gay associations!

      • Sal U. Lloyd says:

        Why the name-calling?

  4. anonymous says:

    Same sex marriage is the most stupid and violent thing in todays world

  5. Doug Feherman says:

    It’s not a total victory. They’ve forgotten to legalize same-sex divorce.

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