The YouTuber has teamed up with LGBT charity Switchboard for a month-long collaboration series.
Calum McSwiggan has launched LGBT Collaboration Month, a series he’s created in partnership with charity Switchboard to help celebrate LGBT Pride Month. Kicking off with Calum’s introduction video, the series will feature a variety of collaborations with members of the LGBT community, with “straight allies thrown in as well”.
The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard is a charity that has been supporting the LGBT community for over 40 years, giving people support and advice whenever its needed, which is what pushed Calum to team up with them.
He tells TenEighty, “I’m absolutely inundated with emails from young LGBT people suffering from bullying, mental illness and so many other issues, but sadly, I just can’t answer them all. As soon as I realised that Switchboard existed, I wanted to use my platform to make my audience aware of the amazing service they provide.”
Inspired by Tyler Oakley‘s Auguest, the month-long campaign will feature a variety of faces – including Vinny and Luke Vaillancourt, My Transexual Summer‘s Lewis Hancox and Raphael Fox, Willam Belli, the London Titans and Italian boy band Matteo & Davide – and will cover a wide-variety of topics important to the LGBT community.
“There’s so much variety throughout the month,” Says Calum. “Some are serious, some are funny and some are completely different to what you’d ever expect to see on my channel.”
All videos in the series will encourage viewers to take a #SwitchboardSelfie to help spread awareness about the charity and its message. Olympic diver Tom Daley has shown his support for the campaign by tweeting out his own selfie.
I’m helping @switchboardLGBT by sharing my #SwitchboardSelfie. Show your support too at http://t.co/wOOXI1FaMT :) pic.twitter.com/mAig9XkPM9
— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) June 1, 2015
Those wishing to participate can pledge to do so on Switchboard’s website and tweet out their selfies with the #SwitchboardSelfie hashtag. The charity is hoping to hit 10,000 selfies over the course of the campaign.
The final video in the series will be screened at a red carpet event at the Waldorf Hotel in London on 25 June. Tickets for the event are currently on sale.
Be sure to give our three-part LGBTQ+ Month series a read, where we asked some of the UK’s openly gay YouTubers their opinions regarding content, queer-baiting and closeted YouTubers.
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