11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

See below for official categories. Entries close and voting ends on February 21st, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

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.

Best LGBTQ+ Account

Through sharing inspiring stories from personal experience to supporting those clearly struggling, the LGBTQ+ internet community is strong and tight-knit. These nominees have grown their channels or used their existing platforms to advocate for the rights of members of the LGBTQ+ community -- inspiring, educating and supporting those around them.


Adam Eli
Self-identifying as “super gay,” activist Adam Eli is working to strengthen the queer community via online empowerment. He created Voices4 to serve as a "direct action activist group fighting for global LGBTQIA+ liberation” after realizing the power of the internet to foster IRL action. Named him one of Them’s “Queeroes 2018,” the global activist has with...
Ambers Closet
Described by herself as a “certified Weirdo,” Amber Whittington is one of the leading voices fighting for equality for the LGBTQ+ community. Lauded by DIVA as a “bonafide celesbian,” YouTuber, activist, host and actress Amber is changing the world by to change from within. A powerful force working to de-stigmatize lesbianism and educate global audiences v...
Chandler N Wilson
For years, Chandler N Wilson has been doing the brave and important work of sharing their life as a queer, nonbinary teenager through YouTube videos, Instagram posts and Tweets. Now with 350K+ subscribers, they continue to educate the world on LGBTQ+ issues through popular videos like “Trans Terminology ft. Thomas Sanders” and “Queer Representation in the...
Chella Man
Chella Man emerged in 2018 as one of the best LGBTQ+ advocates on the internet, as the deaf, trans, artist known as Chella Man documented his entire transition on social media to his combined audience of nearly 500K. Launching his channel in an effort to empower and educate people about gender dysphoria, the model has become a forefront voice for equity a...
Desmond is Amazing
Desmond Napoles (stage name: Desmond is Amazing) is an 11-year old drag kid, awarded LGBTQ advocate, outspoken unapologetic gay youth, performer, model, public speaker, founder of his own drag house, fashion designer, and voguer from Brooklyn, New York. Desmond first developed an interest in drag when he was a toddler. His mother would be watching RuP...
Jacob Tobia
Activist Jacob Tobia is helping others “embrace the full complexity of gender and own their truth, even when that truth is messy as hell.” The award-winning non-binary Duke alum who twice wore high heels in the White House is a leading justice-seeker for gender non-conforming, genderqueer and transgender people. Rising to fame in MTV’s The T Word, host of...

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, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The 11th annual shorty awards will be held may 5, 2019 in nyc.