I moan about lesbians being killed off. Yup.
1. I might be ill. This is quite likely as I have been sneezing a lot and generally feeling a bit meh. (My sneezing could be hay fever though so…) I hope I’m not ill as I’ll be finishing work for the summer soon and I don’t want to be ill for the holidays. However, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence in my life. I could pretty much guarantee that as soon as the summer holidays (or any holiday for that matter!) got closer I would get ill. I cannot even remember how many Christmas’ I have been ill for. It sucks.
2. I could have carbon monoxide poisoning. (I don’t by the way.) I woke up to a note today from my mum telling me that the battery in the carbon monoxide sensor needed to be changed. So I did. But it kept beeping (and not a dangerous kind of beep, just a battery kind of beep). But, being the crazy person that I am, I immediately assumed that my house was full to the brim with carbon monoxide and I scooped all my cats up and took them outside with me. Then I headed down to B&Q and got a new carbon monoxide detector and now all is quiet in my house. So, it’s not a headache from that…
3. I haven’t had any caffeine yet and so I’m quite possibly suffering from withdrawal. Yep, you heard me; I’m back on the caffeine. It isn’t all bad though. Yes it makes me shake and behave slightly erratically but as soon as I have some my headaches disappear and I can stay awake for longer. (A bit like carbon monoxide, long term exposure is not good. I know I need to stop having caffeine but I kind of can’t… Hmmmm…)
4. I had a troubling dream that has stuck with me most of the morning. It started off at work where I got called a bloke by someone (this annoyingly happens in real life) and then I was with some girl (there’s a story to this but I can’t explain it now) and everything was all good and then she just disappeared. Maybe my brain has been trying to figure out what this means and has given itself a headache from it.
Or I could just be dehydrated.
So I reviewed the LGBTQ YouTube community nearly a year ago and I thought it was about time I had another look at it since a fair bit has changed since then.
If you haven’t had a peek at the last review you can read it here: https://waggcomedy.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/youtube-lgbtq-community-a-review/
I’ll be focusing on channels that I didn’t talk about before but the channels that I mentioned before are still out there and are still awesome and I urge you to have a look at them!
Let’s get started!
Bria and Chrissy (http://www.youtube.com/user/BriaAndChrissy/featured)
Not only are these women musically talented but they are politically active and have been on the news fighting for what they believe. With their most popular video racking up over a million views, it’s safe to say that they are well liked on YouTube. And how could you not like them? They’re sexy, eloquent and opinionated; three key qualities in a channel hosting couple.
Kaelyn and Lucy (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBApzcxOY4b2VZLJcKIqLeA)
Despite the fact that they live in different countries and don’t regularly see each other, they make this channel work. They offer advice on all aspects of long distance relationships from arguments, communication and how they plan visits.
Lez Be On Talk (http://www.youtube.com/user/LezBeOnTalk/featured)
Think of an LGBTQ topic. Got one? Chances are these two lovely ladies have covered it. They’ve interviewed their parents, talked about self-harm and have even braved the slightly more amusing topic of names for vaginas. The best thing about them is that they balance each other out and that makes for a well-rounded channel. With over 40,000 subscribers and 2 years’ experience they are well on their way to be a huge YouTube success.
Rose Ellen Dix (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo8OoseslReeef2JBdJdu7Q)
So they may not offer advice and they may not be making consistently serious videos but I adore them. They’re witty and so clearly in love which is so refreshing. (Did I mention that they’re super hot? I don’t think I have. They’re super hot; just putting that out there!)
The obvious ones:
Tegan and Sara (http://www.youtube.com/user/teganandsaramusic/featured)
Who doesn’t love Tegan and Sara? Not only do they post their music videos but they also do little updates, Carpool Confessionals and behind the scenes videos. They’re adorable and their music is relatable and getting better all the time. They’ve worked hard to get where they are and it’s certainly not gone unnoticed as they’ve got an impressive 116,000 subscribers and over 6,000,000 views on their official “Closer” video.
Heather Peace (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsW-JKLcZaq9FO2WP_awqHA)
Heather has received a great reception to her recent music career and her channel charts exactly this. It shows her in her rawest form doing what she loves.
The internet series’:
Anyone but me (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEC0Z9cNoBuHR38J9bKn4wg)
Even though this has come to an end I know I can always come back and watch this and enjoy it every time. This series was hugely influential for me as the script is well written and the actors do it justice. It tackles sensitive issues about sexuality, family and long distance relationships as well as friends, education and cheating within a relationship. Even though it doesn’t explore these things explicitly, it’s obvious enough to be recognised.,
Easy Abby (Juicy planet) (http://www.youtube.com/user/juicyplanet/featured)
This series is feisty and fun and is different to any other web series that I’ve seen. It’s pleasantly short which means that it’s not too hard to catch up. The channel also features other lesbian related videos that are just as good.
The ones that don’t fit into a category:
Drew Tombs (http://www.youtube.com/user/Drew11189/featured)
Drew is undeniably cute and with a following of over 3000 people he is well known in the LGBTQ YouTube community. As well as making videos with his boyfriend he talks about a range of non-LGBTQ related topics which makes him a flexible YouTuber with a lot of potential and scope. Check him out!
Project toasty (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHx_9BxtSDJsCxNj6kcNLRg)
I can sum Project Toasty up in only one word: awesome. One of the regular presenters is Arrielle fromArrielleIsHamming ( http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjK33MAsRdSNlNfCRHARvQ ) so I knew instantly that this channel would be good. It’s really interactive with its audience and that is a really bold but a really good move for this channel.
The Real Alex Bertie (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXX0iCrVQnlNvGW4gKEhHdA)
Alex is a female to male transguy. He not only talks about trans topics but covered a lot of other LGBTQ topics in some of his older videos which date back as far as 2 years ago. He’s been through a lot and he’s not afraid to show it. His bravery is so inspiring and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.
(Yes I’m behind with this again…)
This week I’m listening to Icona Pop’s “I love it”.
This song is upbeat and has a very stubborn mentally behind it which I really like. Yes, the song is very repetitive and, yes, it’s not the most sincere of songs; but it’s catchy and I like it. And, judging by it’s chart history, a lot of people are liking it too.
It’s gone platinum in more than 5 countries and gold in a further 3. It reached #1 in the UK Singles chart as well as Scotland and Israel.
There was a while when people thought that It would beat “Blurred lines” to be #1 but it currently sits at an impressive #4.
On this Toosday Revoosday, I am not a happy bunny. The programme I wanted to review has been taken off iPlayer and I can’t find it on YouTube. There goes that idea then! 😦
But, I have picked myself back up (literally, I knocked myself out yesterday…) and today I shall be reviewing “Out in the Army”; a book about being gay in the Army written by James Wharton.
I saw this book advertised in DIVA magazine (which I highly recommend) and was hesitant about whether I’d like it or not. But, soon I found myself on Amazon buying it.
I read the brief review on the back from Stephen Fry and felt slightly comforted that it had received such high praise.
I was not let down.
From the start, Wharton combines brutal honesty, humour and captivating image provoking language to set the scene of his early life in Wales and, later, his Army training and subsequent career.
There are some shocking parts, yes, but that makes his journey even more amazing; he strived even when he faced such personal hardships.
Personally, I would have liked to have heard more about his initial Army training but that’s just me.
The book is well paced, thoughtfully written and a truly unique insight into his life.
I could go on to lavishly describe this book in all of its glory but I want to leave a little to be discovered.
Buy it. But it now. Whether you’re gay or straight (or other), in the Army or a civilian, have no interest in the Army or are obsessed with it I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Great read by a great man.
Hotter than ever. (The weather that is…)