As a supporter of the LGBT pride month since 2013, YouTube has launched a 2016 initiative with the hashtag #ProudToBe. The video shines the spotlight on transgender, agender, gender-queer identities among others, features the coming out stories, also famous ones. But not everyone consider this to be right.

 

Peaceful platform

We can’t argue with the fact, that YouTube is a platform for everyone: there everyone can say anything to the world. “This is a place where anyone can belong no matter who they are or who they love”. That is why YouTube initiate the #ProudToBe campaign and encouraged users to upload their videos to join the conversation.

Now, more than ever, it’s important that we help accept, love, and celebrate one another. In the wake of the tragic events in Orlando, we stand together in support of the LGBTQ community… To those beautiful and brave voices who continue to make YouTube the vibrant, diverse and empathetic community it is, we are #ProudToBe with you. 

The video has been viewed more than 9 million times and been “liked” more than 223,000 users. Unfortunately, the latter figure is troublingly dwarfed by the amount of times the video has been disliked—more than 269,000 times as of this writing. The comments below are even more upsetting.

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Haters gonna hate

The negative commenters shared mostly homophobic and anti-trans messages. The negative commenters shared mostly homophobic and anti-trans messages. Like this one: “If I had a dollar for every gender I know of… I’d have like… 2 dollars.” Besides the reaction towards video, it was also a negative reacton towards YouTube actions. It appears that YouTube has been struggling to remove the troubling reactions from its comment section. The comments like: “If I had a dollar for how much times YouTube has deleted my freedom of speech I would be pretty damn rich”, were widespread among those, whose words have been deleted. YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how they’ve been handling the situation. Now comments are simply blocked.

Nevertheless, there were a lot of supporters through the other social networks. Many more YouTubers have responded with their own coming out story and expressed outrage at the video being most hated. And this is giving a hope, that good things are still left in the world.

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First, stay human

The awful messages left by YouTube commenters are especially jarring in light of the risk LGBTQ Americans face. There are a lot of examples. Like Harvey Milk in 1978, Brandon Teena in 1993 and Matthew Shepard in 1998. These murder cases are also an example of human depravity at its worst. FBI data collected before the Orlando attack shows that “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were already the most likely targets of hate crimes in America,” according to The New York Times. If people are talking about this, maybe that is the way to make things change?

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