On Friday 28th of June 2013 I logged onto my YouTube channel and saw a rainbow heart in the top left hand corner of the page.
I clicked on the heart and saw the words: “Show your pride. Share your love. #ProudToLove”
With the following message:
At YouTube, we believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved. We strive to make YouTube a place where all communities can feel proud to express themselves and connect through video. That's why we're proud to stand with the LGBT community and support equal rights and marriage equality for all…
Underneath the message were videos arranged in category topics such as:
The Path to Equality
Same-Sex Marriage Proposals
It Gets Better
Coming Out Stories
I watched a video in the “It Gets Better” category. It was encouraging young same-sex attracted people that if they are being bullied in high school not to worry because it gets better.
I thought this was a really positive message.
I kept watching the videos in different categories but some of the other videos I found really confronting – many of them involved partial nudity and sexual references.
I started to look at YouTube’s terms and conditions and watched a video titled:
Staying Safe on YouTube
At 1:28 it says sexual content is not allowed on YouTube with a general rule being - if you wouldn’t want your Grandma to see it then don’t post it.
However YouTube has highlighted many videos containing partial nudity and sexual content in some of these categories, which are now being highlighted by the rainbow heart at the top left hand corner of my YouTube channel!
YouTube is for those over 13 years of age and I think many parents would be concerned exposing their 14, 15, 16 year olds etc, to these kinds of videos. Despite this, YouTube is highlighting this content in a really ‘in your face’ way.
The YouTube statement: “That's why we're proud to stand with the LGBT community and support equal rights and marriage equality for all…” makes me uneasy.
I don’t believe in redefining marriage.
Marriage is the institution that unites a man and a woman as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children that their sexual union produces. And that’s why government is in the marriage business. Not because it cares about our romantic lives, but because it cares about the rights of children.
Marriage between a man and a woman is important because from the sexual union of husband and wife comes babies, and babies do best when they have a mum and a dad.
Here is my problem - because I have a YouTube channel, I am now promoting the redefinition of marriage through my YouTube channel, against my will, because this rainbow heart appears on my channel.
YouTube claims to be “a place where all communities can feel proud to express themselves and connect through video.”
What about the communities that want to promote marriage being between a man and a woman?
They are forced now to have the opposite view promoted on the top left hand corner of their video channel.
Redefining marriage is a controversial issue that is currently being debated. Spaces like YouTube should be a neutral platform where the debate can play out and be discussed.
The website itself shouldn’t push one opinion or political view over another.
It would be wonderful if YouTube could promote something that everybody could get behind such as putting an end to human trafficking or making poverty history rather than something that is divisive like redefining marriage.
Do you agree?
Send a message to YouTube and make your voice heard!
Written by an Xt3.com member.