I don’t know when exactly it started. The moment music no longer helped my creative endeavors and only served to slow me down, I think it was a gradual change that happened so slowly and without warning that by the time it took over it was already too late. Or maybe it was a sneak attack that I never even thought to try and look out for. One way or another, and seemingly inevitably I reached a point where the creative writing playlists I’d created on Spotify (and later Apple Music) were used less and less frequently, as the only sounds of creativity I could stand any longer were that of a light fan, some rain, and the tapping of my acrylic nails on my computer keys.
It’s been said that the background noises of a coffee shop can be very beneficial to creativity, and getting work done, and there’s a few websites that have been created for just the purpose of making you feel like you’re in a cafe. But somewhere that low hum of chatter, coffee creation, and light music never quite did it for me. I have never been able to successfully write anything in a coffeeshop, particularly any place really public, though I’ve tried on multiple occasions over the course of my life. I feel like the older I get the more I wrap myself up in this shell and just want to avoid the outside world while I’m creating. I can barely get any work done if my boyfriend/friends are under the same roof or in the same room. We talk, we watch tv, we do pretty much everything but work. If it weren’t for the fact that a podcast requires us to have a conversation I’m not sure I would ever be able to get that completed with anyone else around.
I was pretty sure that at some point I had already done a post similar to this in which I discuss some of my favorite trans YouTubers, I may not have ended up posting it for one reason or another or it could be on the archive’s site, regardless I wanted to take some time to share some of my favorite trans/LGBTQIA YouTubers. Part of the reason I don’t want to limit it just to the trans community is because I’m actually not following that many trans specific YouTube channels. In order to be fair about this list I’m going to go in alphabetical order: Disclaimer: Some of these YouTube personalities may be what you would call problematic. But really, who of us isn’t?
- Alaska Thunderf**k 5000— For those who don’t already know Alaska she was the (arguably runner up) for season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and going to be competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars this month starting 8/25. Alaska has put out a number of amazing songs since her time on Drag Race (honestly my music collection almost has more drag queens than anyone else at this point and that’s kind of awesome). One of my all time favorite songs from her is probably This is My Hair.
- Evah Destruction— Another fabulous drag queen who I am really rooting for to be on season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, because I have absolutely no doubt that she will slay everyone on that season. Her page is mainly her performances and they are truly, truly spectacular, she’s probably one of the more talented queens I’ve ever seen, who comes from Atlanta and has worked with Violet Chachki winner of season 7, so… here’s hoping that Evah will get on.
- Gigi Gorgeous— Gigi has been on YouTube for quite along time (and I think I honestly first discovered her through one of my other favorite YouTubers who will be on this list later), she is trans but her YouTube is largely centered around makeup and being someone who is a huge makeup lover, I really enjoy her channel.
- Hartbeat— I actually first discovered Hart through, either a Facebook or Tumblr post of one of her videos that went seriously viral in which she wears a watermelon bikini. Seriously, if you have not seen that, you should check it out, because that’s fabulous on a level that I could not even hope to achieve. Hart mostly does vlogs and sketches.
- HeyQween— It’s Johnny McGovern the gay pimp and Lady Red Couture one of frankly the best duos on the interwebs as they interview some of your favorite drag and LGBTQ idols including Ms. RuPaul herself, and several previous winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as LGBTQIA legends like Bruce Vilanch, James St. James and Glamorous Monique.
- Johnnyboyxo— One of the first trans YouTubers I ever watched, actually probably the first YouTuber I ever watched, Johnnyboyxo is a musician who also creates fabulous vlogs, unfortunately she’s kind of not been updating a whole lot, I think her last update was close to two years ago, she is still somewhat active on other social media sites, but I don’t really see much of her anymore which is kind of unfortunate to be honest.
- Kat Blaque— Kat is probably one of my favorite YouTubers that I’ve found so far who is pretty much exclusively vlogs, she’s worked with sites like BuzzFeed and Pride.com (although spoiler alert, the BuzzFeed thing was apparently not as great as we might think). I always feel like I learn something from her videos, because Kat isn’t just a trans woman, she’s a trans woman of color and that intersectionality is often missing from our mainstream view of what being transgender is. Because of these things and because Kat is not afraid to speak her mind, I feel like she more than a lot of others on this list and certainly a lot of other LGBTQIA YouTubers is one that people sort of either love or hate. It’s very hard to just be on the fence about her. And I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing either. I absolutely adore her, and I think I follow her on about every social media platform I’m currently on.
- MilesJai— Like Gigi, MilesJai is one of those YouTuber’s that you kind of just know. There’s a few of them out there (also Todrick Hall who’s also on this list, they’re just YouTube stars that literally everyone just knows without knowing how or why and that’s again not really a bad thing either). Miles does both sketches and vlogs like Hartbeat and he also does makeup tutorials and things like that making him an all around fav for me.
- Miss Coco Peru— If you haven’t heard of Coco Peru yet, where have you been all your life? Coco Peru is arguably right along with RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Hedda Lettuce, Sherry Vine, one of the biggest drag names and really they’ve been in the business for quite a long time. (If we’re counting queens who’ve been in the industry for almost twenty years or more, you can also add Bianca Del Rio into that mix). Coco Peru starred in a small film you might have heard of called Trick co-starring a little actress you also may have heard of named Tori Spelling. If you haven’t seen this gay classic then frankly go out and rent it now. She was also in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. As well as one of my favorites Girls Will be Girls and soon Girls Will be Girls 2. She’s also got a hilarious YouTube channel in which she has one of her most famous videos, Coco plays Grand Theft Auto IV. The title speaks for itself.
- MistyEyez— Misty Eyez is probably most notable as far as YouTube is concerned for her Q&A videos. A lot of people send her questions, sometimes very deep and emotional questions, and she answers them, very beautifully and I really enjoy her. She is another queen who I would like to see on Drag Race and has applied though she’s yet to get on, and she’s sort of stopped submitting after about season 6/7.
- PrincessJoules— Trans beauty vlogger who mostly talks about her favorite makeups and things like that, and generally I really love everything she has to say, I will say one of her recent videos regarding the whole Jeffree Star controversy (which it seems like literally every YouTuber has been jumping onto) kind of confused me. I get not supporting him for a lot of the reasons people have offered up as of late, but her reasoning seemed to be centered around a perceived snub because he didn’t say thank you for her using his makeup to create an admittedly sickening (that’s a good thing btw) look. It felt to me sort of, an odd reason to decide to stop supporting someone you previously loved, it feels a little self important, and I’m a big fan of Julie’s to be sure, frankly she doesn’t owe any one an explanation for why she no longer supports him or his brand, that isn’t a requirement, but I feel like if you’re going to go on YouTube and discuss the fact that you do not support him or his brand, making it all about you and ignoring the major issues that people seem to be talking about is an odd choice. But hey who am I to judge.
- Todrick Hall— A huge YouTube star that does mostly music and occasional sketches, if you haven’t already seen Straight Outta Oz I highly highly recommend it, it is a visual album in the vein of Beyonce’s Lemonade, but with a Wizard of Oz theme which I can always get behind. As someone who grew up absolutely in love with the Wizard of Oz, any tribute to it, is always something I want to see.
- TS Madison— A trans YouTuber who mostly does vlog videos, TS Madison is probably one of the more well known trans YouTubers and singer, she’s got a book out now about her life and she is definitely not someone to mess with. Brutally honest and will read a bitch down if you piss her off.
- Willam Belli— Willam is arguably one of the most famous stars to come out of RuPaul’s Drag Race, after being the first and only queen to be kicked off the show for ‘breaking the rules’; from stunts on Sex and the City and NipTuck, to music and her popular Willam’s Beatdown series, in which she reads YouTube videos, Willam is one of the more hilarious drag race girls and YouTube stars, and so humble.
- WOW Presents— World of Wonder the company who produces RuPaul’s Drag Race and has produced a number of LGBTQIA themed shows has a fabulous YouTube channel that has too many shows to really even be able to mention all of my favorites: Trixie Mattel and Katya’s UnHhhh, Raja and Raven’s Fashion Photo Review, Transformations with James St. James, just to name a few shows that I particularly loved.
I left out a few YouTubers that I happen to really like but that I really haven’t watched in a while, and there’s even a new one Kimberly Clark who I just started following this week for her anti-haul videos. Who are your favorite LGBTQIA YouTubers?
here’s something about music that has the power to inspire in a way that almost no other creative endeavor does. As a writer, music can be used both to inspire creatively or as a backdrop for a certain mood that you’re trying to create within your story. So for this week’s #MiscellaneousMonday, in what I hope will become something of a recurring segment, I thought I would discuss the music that’s moving me this week.
Favorite Lyric: He only want me when I’m not there…
Artist: Meghan Trainor
Album: Thank You
Favorite Lyric: My name is no, my sign is no, my number is no, you need to let it go.
Song: Causing a Commotion
Album: Who’s That Girl
Favorite Lyric: You met your match when you met me, I know that you will disagree, it’s crazy, but opposites attract you’ll see.
Song: U Wear It Well
Album: Butch Queen
Favorite Lyric: Don’t let nobody tell you you ain’t beautiful, go on and dream big, when you feel good it’s possible. So now you know the secret, lift up your voice and yell, ‘you wear it well’.
Song: Cell U Lar Device
Artist: Erykah Badu
Album: But You Caint Use My Phone (Mixtape)
Favorite Lyric: You used to call me, on my cell u lar device
Song: Make Me Like You
Artist: Gwen Stefani
Album: This is What the Truth Feels Like
Favorite Lyric: Why you have to go and make me like you? This is a feeling I’m not used to.
Song: I’d Rather Be Your Lover
Album: Bedtime Stories
Favorite Lyric: I don’t know where I stand with you, I never ever make any plans with you, I don’t know what I mean to you, the only thing I know is I dream of you.
Song: On My Mind
Artist: Ellie Goulding
Favorite Lyric: But my heart don’t understand why I got you on my mind.
Song: Mesmerized (Freemasons Radio Edit)
Artist: Faith Evans
Album: The First Lady
Favorite Lyric: I can’t even sleep. Boy you got me weak. My heart is on fire since you put that thing on me.
Song: Dark Horse
Artist: Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J)
Favorite Lyric: So you wanna play with magic, boy you should know what you’re falling for, baby do you dare to do this, cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse…