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 globa...
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...
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+ subscrib...
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 ...
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, f...
Gus Kenworthy
The first openly gay male athlete to ever compete at the Olympic Winter Games, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy is bringing tolerance to the sports world. Shaken by a reporter’s question to identify his V...
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 hee...
Jessie Paege
YouTuber, Guilty Party actress, rocker girl, LGBTQ+ advocate and author Jessie Paege had a milestone year. The pink-haired “hufflepuff” vlogger known for her social media influenced songs and rainbow i...
Melanie Murphy
Irish lifestyle YouTuber, author and self-care guru Melanie Murphy wants you to “wear it out loud,” serving up daily doses of inspiration to her fans, encouraging them to open up and own their true sel...
Noah Finnce
British transgender sensation Noah Adams, aka Noah Finnce, proves “no matter your situation, it is possible to live the life you deserve.” With slaying sarcas ands= a boy-next-door charm, the 19-year-o...
Shangela
The “Queen of Halleloo,” D.J. “Shangela” Pierce has lived his 2018 as one of OUT Magazine's “Most Compelling People.” The former RuPaul’s Drag Race competitor and international performer Shangela domin...
Stevie Boebi
As Stevie Boebi’s Instagram bio says, she “make[s] YouTube videos and teach s*x education and also wear[s] a lot of black. Her videos have received to much praise that the Washington Postnamed her YouT...

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 Final Entry Deadline is February 21st, 2019