If you’re unfamiliar with the gaming world, Twitch is the world’s largest video live streaming service for gamers. In early 2020, there were a reported 1.4 million concurrent visitors on average and 3.8 million unique broadcasters.
With so much going on on the platform, it takes a while to parse out who is worth a follow to watch. In The Know has picked out six LGBTQIA+ Twitch accounts you should follow because of their communities, how they use their platforms for good causes and, of course, to watch them stream.
Cypheroftyr has over 10,000 followers and plays a variety of games to raise awareness for causes close to her heart. Recently, she raised over $280,000 for The Bail Project and Black Lives Matter. She’s a member of the Queer Women Game Twitch network and The Rainbow Arcade Stream Team, a family of LGBTQIA+ streamers, content creators and artists dedicated to inclusivity.
Kilcannon has just over 2,000 followers and is considered a “variety streamer” — someone who broadcasts more than one type of content. Proceeds from his streams benefit the Trevor Project, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQIA+ youth. His community raised $5,000 for the Trevor Project in a single stream.
Sammymjay dresses up in full character makeup for all of his streams to his 2,000 followers. The elaborate pop culture costumes are just part of the fun.
Mikecheb is known for streaming Animal Crossing and creating a safe space for his 3,000 followers. In early June, he raised over $2,300 for The Bail Project, which fights mass incarceration and wealth-based disparities in the U.S. justice system, and over $1,800 for Black Lives Matter.
Deere is a drag artist and a streamer, who combines the two by playing games in full glam. Deere has over 18,000 followers and is a member of Twitch’s Stream Queens group, “the premiere team uniting Drag Queens, Kings, Characters and Creatures on Twitch.”
Shamanom is a Twitch Ambassador with over 15,000 followers. He discusses all sorts of issues during his streams including mental illness and racial inequality, while still entertaining viewers with jokes and great games.
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