9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

Voting & Entries for Influencers, Brands and Organizations are now closed! Stay tuned for finalist announcements.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

LGBTQ+ YouTube Channel

Social media is a refuge for the LGBTQ+ community, where members can go to connect, support one another, and educate others who might not have the same experience. With diverse backgrounds, our nominees were some of the best—and most outspoken—advocates for the community this year, projecting their pride in every video.
Ari Fitz
Rising to fame with her role on The Real World: Ex-plosion in 2014, Arielle Scott took her experience in the spotlight and started using it to promote her interests in fashion and androgyny. She headed...
Arielle Scarcella
Arielle Scarcella is a “lesbian who loves LGBT culture” whose quest is to break down the barriers that exist even within that culture itself. She posts seemingly awkward YouTube videos, like “Transgend...
Ash Hardell
Minnesotan Ashley Mardell is a YouTuber and stop-motion animator who is open about her bisexuality, posting videos that try to explain her life to those who might not get it. Her ABCs of LGBT+ series i...
Bria and Chrissy
Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers are more than just a couple, they are also a singer/songwriter duo, and the masterminds behind the sometimes uncomfortable (on purpose) YouTube channel BriaAndChrissy. Lik...
Davey Wavey
“Gay guru” Davey Wavey is here to support the gay lifestyle and community however he can, whether it’s with a PSA video, some comic relief amidst serious times, or by donating his time and energy to ca...
Kat Blaque
A contributor to Everyday Feminism, the Huffington Post, and PRIDE: feminist activist, illustrator and speaker Kat Blaque takes to YouTube to break down the gender and race dynamics prevalent in today'...
MarkE Miller
Art director and videographer MarkE Miller intimately documents day-to-day life with his boyfriend and fellow YouTuber Ethan Hethcote, meeting in Indiana while still in college and moving to LA to co-f...
RJ Aguiar & Will Shepherd
As they say themselves, R.J. Aguiar and Will Shepherd are “a gay couple interested in demonstrating just how normal gay life can be.” For years they have vlogged on their website notadamandsteve.com, a...
Shannon Beveridge
Shannon Beveridge, a small-town Texas native, boomed onto the YouTube scene just over two years ago when she decided to share her coming out story with the world. Her introspective look at life and the...
Skylar Kergil
Skylar Kergil is a transgender artist, musician, and YouTuber who has been documenting his transition from female-to-male since the age of 17. Now 25 and living in Boston, Skylar is an inspiration to s...
Stevie Boebi
Popular YouTuber Stevie Boebi loves “the internet, ladies, and bread.” She takes to her Stevie channel to discuss all three, though most often she’s posting about ladies: pranking them, having sex with...
The Gay Women Channel
Adrianna DiLonardo and Sarah Rotella are the writer and director, respectively, of The Gay Women Channel, also known as the UnsolicitedProject on YouTube, where they create comedic videos about everyda...

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be held in April 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.