Queer Baiting on YouTube and Other Mediums

I saw this poem posted by Ashley Mardell, an LGBT+ YouTuber known for her ABC’s of LGBT+ series (which will also be a book) and other videos, and I thought it would be good to share.

It’s about “queer baiting” which is a term for when someone who isn’t LGBT+ uses clickbait-like phrases in their YouTube titles or other mediums such as “I MIGHT BE GAY?!?!?!” or “COMING OUT” making people think they’re coming out as LGBT+, but then say they’re coming out as straight, cisgender, lumberjack, or really anything that one wouldn’t really “come out” as.

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Anybody remember when this President stuff wasn’t like a glorified reality TV show?

I can’t.

CN: I’d list it all, but honestly, it’d be easier to say…Trump.

The first election I was able to vote in was the 2012 presidential elections. I was 18 years old in my Junior year of high school. At that time, Donald Trump teased at a possible run for President, but backed downstarted the birther movement, and other things like threaten to sue Bill Maher who joked about the possibility of Trump being the offspring of his mother and “an orange orangutan.” It was shocking at the time and it seemed like it was all just monkey business (pun intended), but there were plenty of candidates that were just as shocking (at least to me anyway) such as Rick Perry who made the advertisement about wanting to bring Jesus and Christmas back in public schools and comparing it to “gays [who can] serve openly in the military”:

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I’m bad at titles, so here we go…

Hello Freethought Blogs!

I guess I should start by introducing myself and this blog. I’ll try to do this without sounding too much like I’m participating in some awkward icebreaker activity, but I won’t make any promises.

Ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary folks! My name is Cadyn and this…is Small Town Deviant.

I’m 22-years-old as of recently and a bisexual non-binary human residing in a small town in Illinois (not Chicago). My pronouns are they/them/theirs. I’m a secular humanist and an atheist. I believe those labels define my views pretty well. Although, like most things in life, that can change. I’m also a third-year English-Writing major and film studies minor (unofficially, I have to create it myself) in university. I’m involved in our campus’s Secular Student Alliance as one of their three presidents (of course, this blog here is my own thoughts, not theirs), run a group that supports students with anxiety, OCD, depression, and other mental illnesses, lead groups that involve film and writing, and have been involved in the campus LGBT group in the past. As you can probably tell, I try to keep myself involved as much as possible. I’m also a fan of Tim Minchin and saw a performance of Groundhog Day in London (which is AMAZING!).

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