Name: Cody Sibley

Sponsor: Amy Reynolds

Category: Community News

Timeline: Full Year

Proposal: I would like to create a news channel on YouTube for Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Queer millennial issues that are often ignored or marginalized by mainstream social media. This social media grant will help fund my outlet.

With the Supreme Court’s recent ruling (or lack of ruling), gay marriage is now accessible to over half the country, and most politicians and journalists seem to agree that the battle for equality is coming to an end, but I disagree, especially so in Louisiana. It seems as though the mainstream media has forgotten that there is more to equality than marriage rights. I decided that it would be better if I took this into my own hands. I want to make a news channel, and I plan on using YouTube as my platform. I will use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to draw the audience in. 

Process: I will interview LGBTQ and straight people (which will be recorded via camera). I would also like to interview different media outlets around the state and state politicians (as well as political candidates). I want to bring awareness to different LGBTQ activist groups all around Louisiana. Aside from that, I also want to spread national/global news on LGBTQ issues via YouTube.

On twitter, I will make different polls using hashtags. Even for people who don’t go on my show, I want the audience to be just as big a part of the show as the people actually on the show.

Community Involvement: Because of the lack of millennial issues being addressed on mainstream media, I want to focus on participants aged 16-25. My goal is to get as many Louisiana residents (and nonresidents who go to school in Louisiana) involved as possible.

Millennials are more politically aware than any other age group at their age. Unfortunately, not many news outlets give them enough attention. With my news station, I want to show people that millennials are already involved politically.

Measure for Success: My success will be measured by how popular this channel becomes. Even if it doesn’t get as much attention as other outlets, I want LGBTQ millennials to know that their issues do matter.