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Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson’s Favorite YouTubers

My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don’t believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can’t handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.

Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.

But we still hate each other. I think.

Check out a guest post from authors Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson below! 

YouTubers We Love!

When researching for Mature Content, we watched a lot of YouTubers, particularly those who are LGBTQ+. There are so many people who vlog about their lives and/or make videos about queer issues that aren’t always covered by the mainstream media, and that’s partially why we got so embroiled in the research.

For many of these YouTubers, this is their career, which has opened up other doors for them. You probably know of Tyler Oakley, and Matt Dallas, so we’re going to highlight a couple YouTubers you might not be aware of. If you’re interested in supporting some queer YouTubers, check out a list of our favorites. 

LGBTQ+ YouTubers you should follow:


Nikita Dragun: Nikita is a makeup guru who has some serious talent. She’s also a transgender woman and has a series of videos on her transition from male to female. She’s honest and open, and has a vibrant personality. 


Adventures of Zach and B: Zach is a gay man who came out on his channel before he came out in real life. B is his dog, who is adorable. Zach posts videos on anything from queer issues, to vlogs about his fiancee. He is of Mexican descent, born in Texas, and went to college in Alabama, so he has a unique perspective on queer issues from the South. 


Ash Mardell: Ash’s videos are an amazing especially for younger people. She covers topics like pronouns (she doesn’t have a preferences and is fine with she/her/they/them) and a lot of other gender issues. She’s fun and engaging, and wrote a book! It’s called The ABC’s of LGBT+


Davey Wavey: Davey has been making YouTube videos for a decade, and has over a million subscribers. He posts videos covering the range of queer issues and focuses a lot on sex–how to have safe sex, how to have good sex–you name it, he’s made a video on it. If you don’t know his name, I’m sure you’ve seen his videos as many have gone viral. 


Hartbeat: I’m kind of obsessed with her videos. The production is great and she’s hilarious. She has a way of talking directly to her audience that makes you feel like her friend. Her videos are mostly comedy, and she has sketches as well as serious topics. 


PK Creedon: This guy will make you smile. He’s silly and loves to dance and sing (kinda badly, haha) and he vlogs and posts videos about him and his boyfriend. He and his boyfriend have a loving family, and that’s not always the norm for many LGBTQ+ people so it’s nice to see a couple with support. 


Team2Moms: Ebony and Denise have a daughter and two twins, and their channel focuses on life as parents and particularly same-sex parents. They say that they want younger generations of LGBTQ+ people who struggle see themselves raising a family that it’s possible. 

MatureContent-fABOUT THE AUTHORS: 

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences. Connect with Santino on Twitter or on his website.

Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing. Connect with Megan on Twitter or on her website.

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