YouTube's #ProudToPlay campaign wins Shorty Award for Best Use of Video!

At this year's 7th Annual Short Awards, YouTube's #ProudToPlay campaign won the award for Best Use of Video. #ProudToPlay served as a YouTube-powered cause that brought together athletes, celebrities, and YouTube personalities to champion equality and inclusivity for athletes around the world.

As a part of the initiative to celebrate LGBT athletes and create a safe place where people can express themselves, GLAAD helped work with YouTube on #ProudToPlay. The #ProudToPlay campaign featured celebrities, politicians, world class athletes and fans rallying behind the message of acceptance for the LGBT community. Their anthem video racked up millions of views and thousands of videos were created by our YouTube community. But most importantly, young athletes who struggle with their sexual identity now know that they are not alone and they should always be Proud To Play. Congrats, #ProudToPlay!

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