So yesterday, an historic Supreme court ruling struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) declaring it as "unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment". Prop 8 was also overruled, clearing the way for same sex marriage to be restored in the state of California. It's a ground breaking win for the gay rights movement, overturning a law that has, since 1996, denied the usual legal and financial benefits to married gay couples. At that time, no U.S. state permitted gay men and lesbians to marry. Now, 12 states (including New York and Massachusetts as well as the District of Columbia) authorize same-sex marriages.
The internet has, predictably, exploded at the news with social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram Video experiencing a huge amount of activity from those celebrating or reacting to the overruling. So, as we are all about video here, we celebrate in our own way by bringing you the best of the LGBT channels on YouTube at the moment. A big thanks to the ever lovely Josh Rimer
Warning: some of the following videos aren't particularly SFW and obviously deal with gay issues and all that.
GWIST: Not About Being Gay But FOR Being Gay
Relatively new but already nearing 1.3 Million views, Gwist
Check out their excellent recruitment/subscriber trailer....
Gay Family Values: Just An Average Family
With 5.2 Million views and just under 27,000 subscribers, The Gay Family Values
Here's a video that son Daniel made to Chief Justice Roberts before yesterday's ruling.
BriaAndChrissy: #ProudToLove Each Other
Type 'lesbian' into YouTube and you are going to have to wade through a TONNE of hot chick kissing videos, like a tonne, but there are some gems for the gay community like the BriaAndChrissy
Here they take us through the worst ways to come out as a lesbian...
Girlfriends: A Geeky Girl And The Gay Scene
Talking of lesbians, which we were, another fantastic channel is Girlfriends
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AGayCollab: Daily Videos For The LGBT Community
Davey Wavey: Shirtless Gay YouTube Sensation
His words, not mine. But he's not lying. Active on YouTube since 2006, the DaveyWavey
Love this one about that annoying 'gay best friend' stereotype.....
Shep689: A Gay In The Life
Will and RJ vlog about life as an openly gay couple who want to show the "entire internet just how normal a homosexual couple is and how they too enjoy eating food, reading books, and watching Desperate Housewives." Not only are they active on YouTube (9.8 Million views and counting) but they run a great blog with a very supportive Q&A section.
Here's Will's mum - she's awesome: