Since coming out to his fans in a video, the YouTube star has been a vocal and business-savvy advocate for queer kids online
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.”