Introduction into this series
Hello and welcome to a new series on my blog dedicated to sharing the stories of a range of influential LGBTQ+ content creators from all walks of life. This series will enable me to showcase their experiences in the industry to inspire future content creators from our community. I want to shine light on the people who have made strides in a very competitive industry. Hopefully this series is the start of something special for my blog where I get to meet more inspiring people like Scott and share their stories with my readers.
The month of June is a particularly special month for those of us who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, and although things are extremely difficult this year, it doesn’t stop us from celebrating. Pride month is a global celebration, no matter your gender, race or sexuality – Pride month is a time to celebrate. For the month of June here on the blog we will be shining a spotlight on various different LGBTQ+ creators to help aspire journalists and show that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.
Our spotlight speaker today is podcaster, author, model, LGBTQ+ activist and lifestyle creator – Scott McGlynn who spoke with us about his fascinating career journey.
Scott McGlynn’s story
After releasing his debut book ‘OUT’ in 2016 which talks upon the issues of getting bullied during school for his sexuality and finding love, Scott has gone on to achieve much more than he ever thought, After launching his celebrity LGBTQ+ podcast in 2017, called ‘The Scott McGlynn Show’, he has just hit 96 episodes which have featured various lgbtq+ allies such as Perez Hilton, David Franzese (Mean Girls) and Peyton Wich (Stranger Things), amongst many more. Scott also runs a fashion and lifestyle Instagram account as a part of his modelling. Today, Scott is determined to help those young lgbtq+ people who were once in his position, now being an active LGBTQ+ campaigner.
Being part of the LGBT+ Community in the spotlight, still to this day, is never easy with content creators still making the decisions on whether to come out or not as it may affect their career. Earlier this year beauty guru NikkieTutorials came out as Transgender, a secret that she had been hiding during her whole Youtube career not because she was ashamed, but because she was worried what it would mean for her career.
Amongst the time Scott has been working in the media he has seen more and more people speak out and stand up for the LGBTQ+ community but believes there is still more to come. Pink News, a UK-based online newspaper which is marketed to the LGBTQ+ community, over the years have become more mainstream in getting the LGBT+ community involved doing Facebook style videos and vlogs. LGBTQ+ content creators are getting stronger and larger with more diverse people speaking out, which Scott says is incredible to see.
Scott knew from a young age that he always wanted to be involved in the media industry, after taking an interest in the latest celebrity and beauty magazines from a young age. But like any industry, trying to make that first initial break in is never easy. “It wasn’t easy I have to say but I worked hard, done my research and made it happen. You hear from Actors or Music artists you have a lot of ‘Nos’ before you get a break or that one ‘Yes’ to put you on the path’. Rejection is one of the easiest ways to give up, especially in an industry like this, as you face more rejection then ever but with each no you get stronger and should never give up on your dreams.
It is also important not to let your sexuality get in the way of who you are and what you want to achieve, There used to be a stigma that gay men can’t do the same as straight men, just because of their sexuality, which is utter garbage. Scott says he has stopped looking at things like that now and just to embrace who you are and to not be afraid. Scott came into the public eye over 6 years ago and has never looked back since, now working on a Podcast which reached the top 5 in the UK iTunes podcast chart shows if you have a dream, you can achieve it.
For young LGBTQ+ Journalists of the future who are wanting to make a name for themselves, Scott’s advice is to just have fun. There is a whole world full of stories to tell and people to talk to, and to be open to listen. He always advices not to take things so seriously, enjoy what you do and embrace it. Always remember that there may be a lot of doors not opening, but when that one does you will be glad you never gave up and you will be shinning
“Just embrace who you are and don’t be afraid. Because YOU ARE AMAZING!’
Overview – Get involved
As mentioned before this Pride Month we will be taking an insight into various LGBTQ+ creators to help inspire the young and upcoming journalists today. If you have a story you would like to share or think you know someone who would like to share their story. Get in touch and get involved. Big thank you to Scott McGlynn for sharing his story.
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