QUEER YOUTH SHINE IN NEW #VISIBLEME INSTAGRAM CAMPAIGN


Raymond Braun

By Kevin Hardy

Instagram has thrown its support behind LGBTI advocate Raymond Braun’s new campaign to shine a spotlight on queer youth on the social networking site.

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The #VisibleMe hashtag is an Instagram photo and video series dedicated to giving a platform and voice to queer youth to share their stories and connect with each other via a dedicated Instagram channel. It’s the first LGBTI-exclusive channel to be featured on Instagram’s official “Explore” page.

In their posts teenagers have shared stories on everything from coming out and transitioning to body image and bullying.

“#VisibleMe is dedicated to making the (in)visible visible by shining a spotlight on diverse, compelling stories from LGBTQ youth all around the world,” Raymond explained.

He said it was online that he found a community which helped him gain the courage to come out to himself.

“Now my passion is to speak to anyone who was like me ― that young LGBTQ kid who feels isolated or misunderstood,” he said.

“People are more likely to support the LGBTQ community when they know someone who identifies as LGBTQ, so I hope this project provides a platform and voice to young people, helping them feel empowered and supported.

“More importantly, it’s intended to show LGBTQ youth that they are not alone and that they’re part of a community filled with creativity, diversity, resilience, strength, and passion.”

See the photos and videos on Instagram’s #VisibleMe stream here.

A few months ago, I launched what has now become the most meaningful project in my life: #VisibleMe. #VisibleMe is dedicated to making the (in)visible visible by shining a spotlight on diverse, compelling stories from LGBTQ youth all around the world. People are more likely to support the LGBTQ community when they know someone who identifies as LGBTQ, so I hope this project provides a platform and voice to young people, helping them feel empowered and supported. And most importantly, I hope it shows LGBTQ youth that they are not alone and that they're part of a community filled with creativity, diversity, resilience, strength, and passion. I'm so excited to share that we're now launching #VisibleMe video to offer another avenue for people to express themselves. I encourage you to explore the hashtag #VisibleMe and check out Facebook.com/VisibleMe. Thank you to everyone who supports this project. Much love. ❤️💛💚💙💜

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