In honour of Pride month, we're profiling the best and brightest of TikTok's LGBTQIA+ community in our Creator Spotlight series in June so be sure to stay tuned and follow all the action at #ForYourPride.
First up, say hello to @Benjy_Lookbook !
@Benjy_Lookbook is an LGBTQIA+ creator who uses his platform to connect communities and educate his 132.9k followers about what life can be like for LGBTQIA+ people today. Creating a safe and inclusive space for TikTokkers to ask questions and educate one another, Benjy doesn't shy away from difficult questions but rather uses his signature "straight to camera” spoken-word and positive attitude to tackle taboos and bust myths.
Whether it is addressing racism, challenging homophobia or providing wellbeing advice, you're sure to learn something incredibly important from Benjy and with Pride Month's arrival this week, there couldn't be a better time to follow him and widen your view of our wonderful world.
His videos help to broaden understanding, reject binaries and offer practical advice on how to be a better ally to marginalised communities. Check out Benjy's 3 ways to be a good ally to the LGBTQIA+ community or his video on ways to make your everyday language more gender inclusive to make a positive change today!
Benjy's tips and advice help his followers to spread inclusivity and support throughout the TikTok community while also making a positive difference to their lives and the lives of those around them.
We sat down with Benjy to understand more about what inspires him ...
What do you love most about TikTok?
I love the strong sense of community. Everyone on TikTok is passionate about something and inspired to share that passion with others, whether it is by creating content or uplifting the content of others. One of my core beliefs is that we all have a duty of care to one another, and the amazing community spirit on TikTok exemplifies the power of this principle.
Why is TikTok right for your content?
I produce accessible educational content, and the short-form video format of TikTok allows me to explain important messages, in a manner that can be easily consumed and shared. The TikTok audience is also just as eager as I am, to learn more about social issues, and make a positive difference in their own lives and the lives of others around them. I love it here.
What is your favourite effect?
I do not use effects, as my videos are all in a “straight to camera”, spoken-word format, which best suits my content and presentation style. But I do love it when other creators use the voice effects – they can make a funny story even more hilarious or a serious message really impactful.
What is your goal on TikTok?
My goal on TikTok to equip and empower others to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others. I am also building a safe space where people can engage with important and sensitive topics, with an open heart and mind, without fear of judgement. I truly believe that no one is a perfect person. We are all just at different stages in the journey that is life, so it is important to always be kind, and help each other out when we can.
What else or who else is on your TikTok For You feed?
I love informative and uplifting content. My sister @travellingtuesdays creates great informative budget-travel videos and is an amazing photographer too. I appreciate engaging educators like @chrispaulrainbows, @nicholasvanj, and @liveauthentic_.
Two more favourites are @lifewithyasminx and @jordanmaryadele, who have hilarious, informed perspectives on life. I also adore awesome comedians like @jordanfreakingwilson, @shakandjack, @dutchdeccc, and @vctrknda.
Do you think TikTok is useful for sharing educational content?
I do! I have learned so much from educators using the #LearnOnTikTok hashtag, about a wide range of things. What I appreciate most is the reach. I can scroll through my For You Page for a few minutes and hear informed voices from all over the world. My understanding of the experiences of others is being broadened and enriched every day.
What is your favourite TikTok you have made to date and why?
My favourite is called “When it’s offensive to identify a POC by their race”. I believe it truly exemplifies my purpose – which is to provide a safe and accessible learning space. People are often scared to talk about race because they do not want to offend or be judged for not knowing enough. However, while we do need to be mindful of how we speak, no one should feel judged for trying to learn more or do better. We should be encouraging people to discuss these things, and pass the message on, so we can all move forward as one.