5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

Entries are now closed. Finalists will be announced in mid-October!

From the 11th Annual Shorty Awards 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.


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 Valentine’s crush, Gus quickly renounced his initial “Miley Cyrus” answer to an empowered admission that he is gay. Owning his identity, the Olympian…
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 infused sharp-witted lifestyle video took to her social to come out as bisexual in 2018. Jessie’s viral testimonials received 1M+ views, inspiring fa…
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 selves. Reaching over 560K+ YouTube subscribers with vlogs exploring lifestyle lusts and life evolutions, Melanie enjoys another 220K+ followers in Ins…
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-old vlogger and musician has become a forefront spokesperson for transgender and gay rights. Documenting his FTM transition on YouTube with coming-ou…
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 YouTube as a “channels we actually love,” claiming her uploads have been “essential” in many children and young adult’s coming out stories. Though the m…


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 6…
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 via…
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 M…
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 and…
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 RuPau…
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 N…

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, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

finalists for the 5th annual shorty social good awards will be announced in mid-october!