raymond braun lgbt activism—Last year the 25-year-old Ohio native walked away from his high profile job in YouTube's marketing division
Raymond Braun is a YouTube superstar as well as an outspoken LGBT activist who's changing the world one follower at a time.
Last year, the 25-year-old Ohio native walked away from his high profile job in YouTube's marketing division to start his own channel.
Launched in February 2015, and devoted entirely to LGBT issues, Braun's channel has already amassed over 21,000 subscribers and 1.9 million views.
Before he left Google, Braun was responsible for YouTube's #ProudToLove campaign, which launched on the day of the historic DOMA same sex marriage decision.
The campaign was hugely successful, and in addition to racking up millions of views worldwide it also scored Braun a top spot on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list.
The #ProudToLove campaign has moved on to become an annual YouTube fixture during LGBT Pride Month—but Braun, is far from resting on his laurels.
He knows there's still a lot of homophobia out there and still a lot of work to be done.
Braun's a guy who doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk too. And, he's in it for the purest reasons—to make a change and a difference, rather than to just make bank.
Braun's channel is non-profit, none of his content is monetized and many of the videos are made in collaboration with HRC, GLAAD, the Trevor Project and other LGBT rights groups.
The content is a mixture of both emotionally charged blogs—on subjects such as the same-sex marriage decision in Ireland and the horrific Orlando club shootings—in addition to much more light hearted fare such as strutting his stuff in high heels.
Don't knock it till you've tried it guys.
Braun recently launched a photo project on Instagram, titled #VisibleMe, with the hope of bringing people's "important stories to life and make the invisible visible."
In addition to his social media work, Braun is looking to start a consultancy that will work with brands looking to engage the LGBT community.
Don't forget that behind every follow, like, view and share is another human being.
I encourage anyone who is visible on social media to be mindful of how their actions, their words and their posts can influence other people.
How do you want people to feel after they view their social posts?
A wise message indeed.
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