On June 9, 2015, YouTube personality Ingrid Nilsen shared with the world that she was gay and received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from friends, family, fans, and subscribers after posting the video online.
Not everyone is grateful enough to have a coming out story like Ingrid’s, as people usually feel scared and alone during this difficult time in their lives. If you or someone you know is going through something like this or just needs someone to talk to, organizations such as The Trevor Project are here to help.
For those of you who don’t know, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, educational materials, online resources, and advocacy.
Last month, the organization held its annual TrevorLIVE LA Gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and Nilsen received the Digital Innovator Award for using her platform on YouTube to spread awareness about equality.
“I really feel like this award is a reflection of the community that has shown me so much kindness and acceptance over the last seven years and I am just eternally grateful. My community continues to inspire me and challenge me every single day to be the best I can be,” the 27-year-old said after receiving her award at the ceremony.
Celeb Secrets had the opportunity to chat with the beauty guru and LGBTQ advocate on the red carpet before the event, where she talked about what it was like coming out on the Internet and how others can learn to accept themselves no matter who they love. She also revealed some of her secrets to having flawless skin — check out the video below for more.