Since coming out to his fans in a video, the YouTube star has been a vocal and business-savvy advocate for queer kids online
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Since 2010, Connor Franta has entertained his legion of fans on YouTube with confessional, funny, poignant videos. In December of 2014, he came out in a video and now, with more than 5.5 million subscribers, he truly is the voice for a generation of LGBTQIA kids on the internet.
Franta has turned his YouTube clout into an empire: he founded Common Culture – a lifestyle brand and coffee company – started a record label called Heard Well, and wrote a memoir called A Work in Progress that spent 16 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. His second book, Note to Self, a collection of stories and musings, is out in April 2017.
But for Franta, it’s through his original medium of YouTube that he feels freest. “I feel limitless, because I can say what I want and then edit it in a way that is different from how I said it,” he says. “So I feel like I have full control over what I want to put out into the world.”