13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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

From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards Best LGBTQ+ Account

The LGBTQ+ community is one of the strongest and most supportive communities on the internet, as many of these icons and celebs were once struggling to feel like they fit in. Now with social media, these amazing people are able to reach out and share their stories, inspiring the masses and showing those in need that they aren’t alone. Whether they are educating, advocating, or connecting, these creators are some of the most inspiring on the internet.


Dom and Nick
Dom and Nick are the travelling couple making you jealous of their vacations and their adorable relationship. For good vibes, smiles and endless feels, head to their Instagram page where you’ll enjoy their jetsetting life, living loud and proud all around the globe. In an interview with BuzzFeed News talking about the black queer experience, Nick …
Edison Fan
Edison Fan has been making waves for a few years now, although 2019 saw him really stand out as a model and LGBTQ+ advocate. Like many, China is a country where members of the LGBTQ+ community face a ton of discrimination, but that hasn’t stopped Edison from making his claim as the biggest model in China, showcasing his exciting life to his 520K+ …
Jammi Dodger
UK-based YouTuber Jamie Raines made waves back in 2015 when he chose to document his transition on social media for the world to see. In doing so, he connected with a huge audience across platforms, especially on YouTube where he now has 345K+ subscribers. Believing "Dinosaurs are cool, transphobia is not," Jamie's most popular videos have been th…
Rain Dove
Rain Dove is a leading gender-nonconforming model and activist best known for their work subverting heteronormative expectations in photoshoots, productions and runway shows, offering both femme and masc presentations. Since their first casting with Calvin Klein, they’ve become highly sought after, walking the runway at New York Fashion Week for b…
Ty Turner
"FtM YouTuber, Entrepreneur, and dog lover" Ty Turner is a very influential YouTubers who makes videos on issues affecting numerous people in the LGBTQ+ community. Ty has more than 290K+ subscribers on YouTube and 70K+ Instagram followers who tune into his channel for skits, vlogs and honest, in-depth looks into his life. Ty created more than just…


Asia Kate Dillon
Groundbreaking actor Asia Kate Dillon is one of the first non-binary gender stars to be cast for a role on mainstream TV. 2019 marked a breakout year for Asia, beginning with the launch of season 4 on the hit series Billions before playing a key role in the smash hit action film John Wick 3: Parabellum. With more than 104K followers on Instagram, Asia conti…
Eduardo Sánchez-Ubanell
Eduardo Sánchez-Ubanell uses content to find the humor and the tenderness in the queer experience for his 56K+ Instagram followers and 35K+ YouTube subscribers. He covers everything from the first Grindr hookup to finding out your new boy is a Trump supporter, in addition to valuable tips about the ever-essential issue of manscaping. Eduardo also opens up t…
Jen Richards
Jen Richards is using her platform to disprove stereotypes, stigmas and misconceptions about trans people. She enjoyed an exciting 2019 when she was cast as a main character in the HBO show Mrs. Fletcher, portraying Margo, a transgender writing teacher. Jen initially looked at the character and felt it was too inauthentic, relying on overplayed tropes and g…
Leisha Hailey
LGBT icon Leisha Hailey was introduced to the world in the role of Alice in the hit aughts series The L Word. Alice became one of the most memorable characters in the series, thanks in large part to her role in tending "The Chart." With the launch of The L Word: Generation Q, Leisha was thrust back into the limelight in a big way. Not that she ever really …
Lyss & Ce
Lyss & Ce are a real social media success story, with the couple having initially met on Instagram. Now, they’ve teamed up to create amazing YouTube videos to their 160K+ subscribers about their life. Their most popular video of all time came in April when they posted "MORNING ROUTINE AS A COUPLE," which received over 1.6M views. Above all, they are showing…
Pattie Gonia
Pattie Gonia is the self proclaimed "world’s first backpacking queen," and she’s on a mission to break down the heteronormativity commonly associated with hiking and mountaineering culture. Since launching her Instagram in late 2017, she’s gone viral several times while summiting mountains and braving the great outdoors all in drag. Climbing her way to 225K…

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