Hopefully we can add to the series this year, too! ^_^
I have to mix up my poses
You guys, I miss the first VidCon.
We’re all so cute OMG
i might be wrong about this but i feel like the secret new years resolution of a lot of people is to get super hot by vidcon
am i right or am i just projecting
I am planning a Knitter cosplay.
And yeah, part of that is upping the hotness.
Oh, that reminds me of some thoughts I had while at VidCon
So like, Iona is a pretty safe place to be gay and Christian. Like, out of anywhere in the whole world right now Iona is a tiny, far-flung sanctuary away from all the criticism Christians and LGBT people fling at each other. On Iona my sexuality is pretty unremarkable, so sometimes I forget it’s a problem in some of the circles I mix with at home. Living on Iona, my identity is bound up in Jesus, just like it ever was, not because I’m trying to hide my sexuality, but because it’s just not something I have to confront very frequently.
Going to VidCon was really interesting, because it was the first big, non-church thing I’ve done since I came out. I attended some really interesting panels about content made by LGBT people and there was an electric sense of togetherness in that room. It was one of the rare occasions LGBT people outnumbered straight people. Almost everyone there shared something, were fighting for the same thing.
I also had the very strange experience of having to ‘come out’ as Christian. I work in an Abbey, so after explaining what I do the question is natural: “Wait, so are you religious?” I said, “Well yeah, I identify as Christian. I’m a Christian.” Working for a Christian community means I haven’t had a conversation like that in years. On Iona everyone assumes you are Christian unless they’re told otherwise.
I mixed with Christians at VidCon too though, and I guess that’s where I’m trying to go with this: I moved easily between my gay friends and my Christian friends there, and I did it with integrity. It wasn’t always comfortable; I don’t always feel at home amongst either group, truth be told. Still, embracing a queer identity alongside a Christian one was something I wasn’t entirely sure I could do. I’m not going to lie, my faith comes first.
But even though addressing issues of religion and sexuality is laughably distant from its real purpose, VidCon made me feel like I can express gay pride. I am fully gay and fully Christian. It’s weird, and I know that statement is going to be misunderstood, but it’s part of my story and I have a duty to bear witness to it.
Some of my favourite photos from VidCon.
I wanted to bring back the Steve and Ryan vibe to Nerd Models. You may remember from our inaugural post. And I found this magnificent photo (on Ryan’s Facebook because I am a major creep in all actuality.) But wait. There’s more. IT HAS A ROHAN.
So basically, these three lovely lads of YouTube are showing all of us how to laugh.
Laugh it up, boys. Laugh it up.
I need this to be happening every moment of my life. I MISS YOU GUYS SO MUCH.
Oh look I was on Nerd Models. That means someone thinks I’m good looking.
But they also think I’m interesting, right? I’d rather be interesting.
STEVE AND RYAN, CAN WE RECREATE THIS MOMENT PLEASE?
Things I need to do before leaving for the US
- Buy my American dollars
- Make and order some business cards
- Make sure I’m not scheduled to lead any services in the Abbey while I’m away
- Find other people to run the library meetings and front office the Mondays I’m away
- Ensure the bookings office isn’t going to explode if I’m not there on Fridays
- Figure out how this pre-ordering Disney Land tickets thing works
- Buy presents for my nephlings/siblings
- Suspend my LoveFilm payments
I think that’s it. It would be nice to give my channel a makeover before VidCon too, so all the people I’m going to impress will go to my channel and think THIS IS A MAN WHO KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING and then they will subscribe/be my friend/promote me/offer me employment opportunities beyond my wildest dreams.