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‘I just kind of want to separate our relationship from my content’: LGBTQ+ creators discuss how they maintain privacy online

The VidCon panel featured 4 creators who opened up about balancing their digital and IRL lives.


Moises Mendez II

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 27, 2022   Updated on Jul 26, 2023, 6:04 pm CDT


This story was originally published on Passionfruit.

Content creators walk a fine line when it comes to sharing tidbits about their personal lives online and being honest online. The larger their following grows, the more of a chance of bad actors making their way into the fold. A group of LGBTQ+ creatorsChris Olsen, Tyler Gaca (Ghosthoney), Abigail Thorn, and Strange Aeons—spoke on the “Coming Out: Balancing Authentic Identity and Privacy Online” panel at VidCon that was presented by It Gets Better and moderated by Beck Canote (SVP, strategy at Electric Monster).

They were asked about how they viewed their innate queerness in their content and whether or not it’s a conscious effort to showcase that. “When I was coming up, I deliberately didn’t want to make my channel a ‘trans channel’ because I knew I had a large [cisgender] [heterosexual] following, and there’s no problem with that,” Thorn said. “I wanted to make sure that it was as an educational resource there for everybody who wanted to learn.”

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*First Published: Jun 27, 2022, 2:38 pm CDT