LGBTQ Icons: Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers – the queer women taking the fight to YouTube
If you’ve spent any time on YouTube, you’ll probably be familiar with Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers – the couple, who have been together since 2011 and were married in 2018 – have a huge following and produce authentic and engaging content that really connects with their audience.
YouTube has made stars of Bria and Chrissy, but they’re now spearheading legal action against the platform, claiming that they are being discriminated against because they are part of the LGBTQ community.
Although YouTube happily marches in Pride parades and says all the right things publicly, Bria and Chrissy are frequently finding that the content that they create is being automatically age-restricted and de-monetised, effectively destroying the value of what they have created.
“Age restriction means we can’t reach the young women who look up to us, who need us as a sense of community and support…” Chrissy told The Guardian. “We’re not able to be there and give that to them. When I think about YouTube shutting down our content, it gets me all fired up because they are literally having an impact on someone living another day.”
“I think YouTube are scared that advertisers will leave and, because they think LGBT is controversial, they are trying to nip it in the bud..” added Bria.
Complaints that YouTube is censoring queer people – and failing to protect them from homophobic abuse – is not a new thing, but the move by some of the platforms biggest queer stars to mount a legal challenge takes things to the next level.
“I’ve always wanted to be someone who stood up to the bully…” said Chrissy. “We are not going to let a corporate predator silence our ability to make a difference to the people who gave us this platform in the first place.”