Author: the1janitor

Why Have LGBT Pride? (REDUX)

This video is an entry into my REDUX series, where I follow up on the comments to a previous video. This time around, I’m addressing some of the common ideas in the comments section of my video, WTF is Heterosexual Pride? I respond to several notions brought up in the comments, including the idea that…
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Dispelling Myths about Black Lives Matter

After my last video, I received many messages and comments. Many of them were messages of support (in fact that video has become one of my most shared videos ever), but I also got several messages providing criticisms of the Black Lives Matter movement. I do not think any movement is immune from criticism, and…
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How White People Can Help

In 2015, it felt like we couldn’t go a single week without hearing about someone (generally a black person) being killed by the police. Even though police brutality didn’t go away after that, it seemed to have calmed down. Many months passed without another one of these stores going viral. This past week however, we…
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Black Lives Matter and Pride Toronto

This past Sunday, the Black Lives Matter group in Toronto was invited as an honored guest to the annual Pride parade, the largest LGBTQ event in Canada. About two-thirds way into the parade, the BLM float suddenly stopped as protesters staged a sit-in, halting the parade for 30 minutes. The protest was used to raise awareness…
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WTF is “Heterosexual Pride?”

  I’m a little late on this, but a couple days ago, #HeterosexualPrideDay was trending on twitter. This was clearly a reaction to all of the LGBTQ events that happened in June. The rumor is that the original hashtag was meant to be a joke, but it didn’t take long before the internet grabbed hold…
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“Pretentious”

I live in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s what I like to call a “city in training.” When thinking of destinations for travel or relocation in the South, Birmingham is often overlooked in favor of cities like Atlanta, Nashville, or Charlotte. But lately the city has been seeing a huge and sudden improvement in it’s marketability. One thing…
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A Vidcon Epiphany

I went to Vidcon this past weekend, and I have to say, it was perhaps the most amazing experience of my recent life. For the past couple years I have been struggling with whether or not YouTube was right for me and whether I should explore other options career-wise. But after Vidcon I am more…
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Media Representation

  I’ve noticed that often people feel disappointed and angry with how certain groups are represented in media such as TV, movies, and video games. Often times groups such as women, people of color, or LGBT folks (among others) are disproportionately excluded from mainstream media. And when they are included, they are often stereotypes or…
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Taking Advice From Exceptional People

If you know anything about me, you know that I’m one of those people that says “Follow your passion!” One of the most depressing things to me is passionate and talented people who feel obligated to set their creativity aside in favor of things they perceive as being more “practical” or financially lucrative. We give…
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Twitter is the Best Social Network For Creators

This a post I made on my personal Facebook page in 2011. I had a twitter account at the time but did not use it much, because I didn’t really understand what it was for. I’d grown up using social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace (and others you may not have heard of called…
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