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Screen Queens

Inside the world of lesbian YouTube, where fame, fans and female empowerment collide

Bella Qvist

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:09:11 GMT | Updated 2 years today

Wegan and Luclyn are not only YouTube's leading lesbian long-distance couples, talking about struggles, snuggles and sexuality to an audience of 14 million, but they are also becoming the women young gay women around the world look to for reassurance, guidance and companionship. Kaelyn, Lucy, Whitney and Megan have found themselves the role models of a queer generation and with huge announcements on the way, their success saga is set to continue.


I first came across Kaelyn Petras and Lucy Sutcliffe one lazy afternoon around 18 months ago. A friend tweeted about their YouTube channel and, intrigued, I started watching their videos. Originally set up by British film student Lucy and American veterinary student Kaelyn as a way of documenting their time together and dealing with their long distance relationship, their channel featured montage videos, Q&As, challenges and hour upon hour of sweet Sapphic entertainment. I was instantly hooked.


Here were openly gay girls, of similar age to me, speaking freely about topics I cared about (sushi, cats and careers being just some of them), and they made me feel that being a feminine-looking gay girl was the most natural thing in the world. No musician, celebrity or TV plot had ever managed to do that before.


It wasn't long until I stumbled across the videos of their friends Whitney Bacon and Megan Evans, long-distance relationship survivors and femme visibility advocates, on their channel, What Wegan Did Next.


Now settled in a gorgeous home in Windsor, they had already notched up (and filmed) four years of their long-distance relationship. Their videos focused on holidays, style and fashion and living with disability. With an emotional engagement in Hawaii and a civil partnership ceremony in the bag, their bank of heart-warming videos was pure gold.


Within minutes of exploring both channels I found myself immersed in their corner of YouTube, a place where acceptance, support and female empowerment was upheld by young gay voices, a rare thing in an online world filled with trolls and anonymous bullying.


Little did I then know that just over a year later they would be shooting their first DIVA cover.


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