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LGBTQ Influencers Who Are Changing The Internet

LGBTQ Influencers Who Are Changing The Internet

people hate the term “influencer” – and I totally get it. No one wants to feel influenced by anything other than their own opinions. Social media influencers are people who have built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a specific topic. They regularly create content on a niche of interest and constantly post about that topic online.

LGBTQ Influencers Who Are Changing The Internet

The influencer’s job isn’t to sell you garbage you don’t want. It’s about creating content and managing entertaining media that sometimes features experiences, products and services. With consistent, high-quality content, a large number of engaged people pay close attention to their views.

This distinction is doubly important when it comes to influencers from marginalized groups. 

In the LGBTQ community, we are early adopters of the Internet for a wide variety of reasons, but one of the main ones is that our community is smaller and it’s harder to find information and entertainment representative of us and of our needs.

People hate the term “influencer” – and I totally get it. No one wants to feel influenced by anything other than their own opinions. Social media influencers are people who have built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a specific topic. They regularly create content on a niche of interest and constantly post about that topic online.

The influencer’s job isn’t to sell you garbage you don’t want. It’s about creating content and managing entertaining media that sometimes features experiences, products and services. With consistent, high-quality content, a large number of engaged people pay close attention to their views.

This distinction is doubly important when it comes to influencers from marginalized groups. 

In the LGBTQ community, we are early adopters of the Internet for a wide variety of reasons, but one of the main ones is that our community is smaller and it’s harder to find information and entertainment representative of us and of our needs.

Don’t just take my word for it, GLSEN researchers found that “Despite experiences of online bullying and harassment, LGBTQ youth reported that the internet is also a space that provides safer opportunities to express who they are, find peer support and access resources that may not be available in person. 

These needs don’t end when LGBT youth grow up. But LGBT youth were more likely to have sought health and medical information than non-LGBT youth and are also more likely to seek friendships online.

More than half of LGBT youth report having one or more close friends they’ve met online and never met in person, compared to just 19% of non-LGBT youth. So we know it’s not just a generational trend. 

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Influencers play an important role in our community because they create, curate and distribute information that not only supports our community, but builds our culture. Sometimes for good and sometimes… remember what happened with Milo Yiannopoulos ?

But for better or for worse, content creators have become part of our daily lives. These days, we can’t turn on any form of entertainment without seeing someone who’s taken their big break online.

We’re talking big mainstream celebrities, artists who have become creators or even creative directors for big brands, and people who have created their own product lines, albums, shows, and other forms of entertainment. 

While writing this article, we reached out to 100 queer influencers who are making an impact in their communities. Although we messaged these 100 people to give them the opportunity to be quoted in this article, only half of them replied.

No shade at all – we know you’re busy, but that’s why some people had to answer the questions on their own and some didn’t. Luckily for us, many of these influencers have opened up about different aspects of their lives, the projects they’re working on, and more.

We also asked each influencer for one piece of advice they would give to someone struggling with their identity and we got some pretty amazing responses. 

Influencers fill a whole in the market due to a lack of diverse representation. Queer influencers aren’t just changing the game for the internet — they’re changing our community.  

LGBTQ Influencers Who Are Changing The Internet

People hate the term “influencer” – and I totally get it. No one wants to feel influenced by anything other than their own opinions. Social media influencers are people who have built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a specific topic. They regularly create content on a niche of interest and constantly post about that topic online.

The influencer’s job isn’t to sell you garbage you don’t want. It’s about creating content and managing entertaining media that sometimes features experiences, products and services. With consistent, high-quality content, a large number of engaged people pay close attention to their views.

This distinction is doubly important when it comes to influencers from marginalized groups. 

In the LGBTQ community, we are early adopters of the Internet for a wide variety of reasons, but one of the main ones is that our community is smaller and it’s harder to find information and entertainment representative of us and of our needs.

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Don’t just take my word for it, GLSEN researchers found that “Despite experiences of online bullying and harassment, LGBTQ youth reported that the internet is also a space that provides safer opportunities to express who they are, find peer support and access resources that may not be available in person. 

These needs don’t end when LGBT youth grow up. But LGBT youth were more likely to have sought health and medical information than non-LGBT youth and are also more likely to seek friendships online.

More than half of LGBT youth report having one or more close friends they’ve met online and never met in person, compared to just 19% of non-LGBT youth. So we know it’s not just a generational trend. 

Influencers play an important role in our community because they create, curate and distribute information that not only supports our community, but builds our culture. Sometimes for good and sometimes… remember what happened with  Milo Yiannopoulos?

But for better or for worse, content creators have become part of our daily lives. These days, we can’t turn on any form of entertainment without seeing someone who’s taken their big break online.

We’re talking big mainstream celebrities, artists who have become creators or even creative directors for big brands, and people who have created their own product lines, albums, shows, and other forms of entertainment. 

While writing this article, we reached out to 100 queer influencers who are making an impact in their communities. Although we messaged these 100 people to give them the opportunity to be quoted in this article, only half of them replied.

No shade at all – we know you’re busy, but that’s why some people had to answer the questions on their own and some didn’t. Luckily for us, many of these influencers have opened up about different aspects of their lives, the projects they’re working on, and more.

We also asked each influencer for one piece of advice they would give to someone struggling with their identity and we got some pretty amazing responses. 

Influencers fill a whole in the market due to a lack of diverse representation. Queer influencers aren’t just changing the game for the internet — they’re changing our community.  


Maya Black

Maya Noir describes herself as a bigender role model and advocate with a benevolent and slightly punky soul. They’ve been creating content for their followers for about 3.5 years about what it’s like to be a fluent human being and offer advice to others. Maya loves Instagram and wants everyone to know he’s not alone!

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They love being influencers because they meet so many amazing people, but they’re not a fan of social platforms because they can be frustrating at times and limit certain aspects of creativity.

Advice to someone in difficulty  : “There are no wrong answers, it’s a whole process. Everyone is still figuring it out.

What’s next for Maya? They are currently busy creating more videos. They left us a “Just you wait” so much the suspense kills us!


Dr. Shanté Cofield

Physical therapist turned entrepreneur Dr. Shanté Cofield, aka The Movement Maestro, is the founder of The Movement Maestro LLC, a social media-based company that provides online and in-person training to movement professionals around the world. She has been posting on Instagram for 5 years, it is her favorite social media. 

She wants to lead by example and show people that people who look like them can do things like that. It can be hard to imagine yourself doing something when you’ve never seen someone who looks like you do it. 

By far the best part of being an influencer is that she can show so many people what is possible. She manages to inspire people, she manages to motivate people, she manages to help people…and all on a bigger scale than she ever imagined.

The biggest downside she’s experienced is that people will wait years to contact you because they assume you’re too busy or unresponsive. Shante said. “I’m here to be real and to connect with people, so these missed and/or super delayed connections bother me.”

Advice to someone who may be struggling  : “Give yourself grace. Give yourself time. Practice courage and present yourself in the way that suits you best. When you present yourself authentically, you allow those around you to do the same.

LGBTQ Influencers Who Are Changing The Internet

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