What inspires me most about social media is the platform it offers to share ideas, build community, and connect with others around the world. Through my YouTube channel, I strive to raise awareness about important issues and historic milestones, from the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage equality to the Ireland marriage referendum vote.
As the 2016 election season heats up, I'm excited to see how YouTube and social media are embraced by politicians and their supporters to participate in important conversations and reach younger audiences.
I had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of Hillary Clinton's campaign this weekend as they prepared for Sunday's Democratic Debate. I vlogged the whole experience (including some time with Hillary!) and chatted with voters of all different backgrounds about why every young person should get involved with politics. My audience is predominantly first time potential voters, so I hope this video shows the energy and excitement on the Presidential campaign trail and inspires even more people to get involved and engage in respectful political discourse.
For three years, Raymond Braun led LGBT marketing and partnerships for YouTube, a role that he originated and that landed him on the Forbes "30 Under 30" All Stars list, iMedia top 25 Marketing Leaders and Innovators, and Men's Health "Gay Celebrities Roundtable." In September 2015, he left his role at YouTube to start his own company, RWB Media, focused on LGBT marketing and community engagement. Most recently, Raymond has been honored as one of the "OUT 100" most influential LGBT people in 2015, as well as one of MTV's "Rising Social Stars in 2016." Keep in touch with Raymond on social media: @raymondbraun.