YouTube has come a long way since its inception in 2005. What started out primarily as a passive way to share funny videos and watch movie trailers has grown into a multi-billion dollar social media platform. From music videos to documentaries and tutorials of all kinds, you can find everything these days. Global companies such as Disney, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia pioneered the use of YouTube channels to bring their content to a wider audience.
On the more personal side, basically anyone can start their own YouTube channel. There are individuals, commonly referred to as YouTubers, who use the video sharing platform to build a community and potentially make some extra money in the process. Those lucky enough to collect sponsored content or have a sizeable following on Patreon (basically a monthly subscription version of YouTube) can make a pretty decent living.
For the uninitiated, a YouTube reactor is someone who watches and rates TV shows and movies. Usually they criticize the material for better or worse and then upload their videos to YouTube to share. While some consider this to be a radically new form of voyeurism – watching someone watch a television show – there are hundreds of reactors that are doing their job both professionally and financially.
While they are of course entertaining, the LGBT community is more about creating a network. A virtual found family where creators and viewers come together to discuss pop culture. This may seem like a minor accomplishment, but for members of the queer community who, for whatever reason, live in isolation, queer reactors provide a sense of security and comfort. It’s a way for the LGBT community to interact safely, at least virtually. Queer reactors are sometimes the closest isolated thing members of the LGBT community reach in order to have access to people like themselves.
We chatted with 5 queer YouTube reactors to find out what inspires them to create content, as well as some of their personal favorites when it comes to TV shows, movies, and fandoms.