VidCon 2016: LGBT guests in attendance and panels to look forward to.

This weekend, VidCon 2016 will be taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center. The convention celebrates online video communities – YouTube and Vine, as two popular examples –  allowing fans to meet their favorite creators and for creators to learn more about their industry. There will be over a hundred Internet celebrities spread out over a weekend of panels and events centered around all sorts of topics … from beauty tips to internet celebrity to mental health.

VidCon embraces the queer visibility that online platforms have created, inviting many queer Internet celebrities and hosting many LGBT specific panels and events. Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart, and Connor Franta are among the bigger names in LGBT attendance; but bisexual comedian and former Buzzfeed employee Gaby Dunn, trans singer Skylar Kergil, and the vlogging couple Rose & Rosie will also be there among many, many other LGBT guests. The full list of featured creators can be found here.

Moreover, VidCon 2016 will include events like “LGBTQ+ On YouTube”, in which creators will speak about the effect of important events in the queer community, “Sexual Orientation Discussion”, where creators talk about how sexual orientation affects their content, and “Gender Diversity”, which compares the non-binary online experience to the cis experience. Additionally, many of the LGBT content creators have their own interview events or Q&A panels, like Joey Graceffa, Ingrid Nilsen, and Michael Buckley. To top it off, on Thursday night, there will be an LGBTQIA+ fan meet up. The full agenda can be found here.

VidCon – and online platforms in general – offers a unique space for LGBT individuals, both as audience and as creators. Vloggers are in charge of their own content, and therefore, they can post whatever they want. Many YouTubers have become vocal about LGBT issues and their own identities over the past few years, and this openness has given queer teenagers a whole new set of role models. In the past, GLAAD has recognized the power of this new media, honoring Google and YouTube at the 2014 GLAAD Gala in San Francisco and presenting YouTuber Tyler Oakley with the Davidson/Valentini Award at the 2015 Gala.

VidCon 2016 will take place from June 23-25. It will be the first convention ever to be livestreamed both on youtube.com/vidcon and live.vidcon.com