The social network Instagram on Friday launched #VisibleMe, a video channel dedicated to content created by LGBT people.
Instagram users who click on the #VisibleMe banner at the top of Instagram’s Explore page will be routed to a feed with videos and selfies posted by more than 25 LGBTQ youths and young adults, including out college football player Conner Mertens, transgender advocate Ellie Gaustria and ‘I Am Cait’ cast member Ella Giselle.
Created by openly gay YouTuber Raymond Braun in partnership with Instagram, the #VisibleMe program will serve as a safe social media space for young LGBTQ participants to air stories and thoughts on their experiences coming out; with school, work, dating and transitioning; and other significant aspects of their lives.
“I created #VisibleMe with the goal of reflecting a spectrum of LGBTQ experiences, because the more times that young people tell our stories, the more we show that we have a lot of the same dreams, fears and aspirations as everyone else,” Raymond said
“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."
Visit Instagram’s in-app Explore page to view the #VisibleMe channel.
To check out a collection of #VisibleMe photos on Facebook, click here.