Top 12 Online Influencers 2024

In alphabetical order

This category celebrates LGBT+ people that have used their online presence to speak out about LGBT+ issues or rights.

CHARLIE CRAGGS

The transgender campaigner has made great strides in confronting wrongdoing by calling it out in her own, and sometimes very funny, way. Through what she calls “gentle activism” and campaigns such as Don’t Use Me, which was created to confront transphobia and answer questions about trans issues while giving free manicures in public spaces such as the V&A Museum, she isn’t scared of getting things done in her unique way. Her social media feed has gained much acclaim for its mixture of hilarious rants and serious storytelling. The multi-talented influencer also presented the BBC’s Transitioning Teens and has even penned a book, To My Trans Sisters.

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DANIEL HOWELL

Daniel is a presenter, comedian and author who became famous through his YouTube channel, which has amassed more than six million subscribers. Alongside regular collaborator Phil Lester, Daniel hosted entertainment show Dan and Phil on Radio 1. Not just a presenter and author, Daniel has had a significant impact on mental health advocacy. He has penned several bestselling books, appeared on shows like CBBC’s Friday Download and even had a voice cameo in Disney’s Big Hero 6. However, his most important contribution is using his platform to advocate for better mental health services, sharing his experiences and encouraging others to do the same.

FRANK OCEAN

The enigmatic singer-songwriter first made waves with his 2011 debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra before dropping further critically acclaimed albums. Starting his career as a ghostwriter for A-listers like Justin Bieber and Beyonce, Frank’s album Channel Orange, released in 2012, was a hit with critics and fans alike, and he didn’t stop there, releasing Endless and Blonde in quick succession in 2016. His influence is undeniable. He has two Grammy Awards and a Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist, while his albums have earned spots on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020), cementing his status as a significant modern music figure.

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GOK WAN

The nation’s beloved fashion expert, Gok aims to make women feel fabulous, look their best and celebrate their uniqueness. From being a TV presenter to a DJ, a chef to a fashion guru, Gok dons multiple hats. He is most recognised for presenting gigs on shows like Say Yes to the Dress UK and Gok’s Fashion Fix. He shot to fame in the early 2000s when he hosted How to Look Good Naked. In 2020, his contributions to fashion and social awareness were officially recognised with an MBE. This prestigious award is a testament to the impact he has made in his career, using his platform to educate the public about the power of diversity.

JONATHAN VAN NESS

Jonathan, a hairstylist turned presenter, writer and comedian, is on a mission to celebrate authenticity and uniqueness in the beauty and entertainment industry. As an HIV+ nonbinary truth-teller, he’s determined to make the world a better, more equitable, and funnier place. A true jack-of-all-trades, Emmy Award- nominated Jonathan performs sold-out stand-up comedy tours, is an award- winning TV personality thanks to his role on Netflix’s worldwide hit Queer Eye, heads up a sustainable hair care brand, is a New York Times best-selling author and hosts the podcast Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness.

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LIL NAS X

Montero Lamar Hill, aka Lil Nas X, has an uncanny knack for making headway with his tracks through social media, which led to the sensational success of his debut, Old Town Road. His first album, 2021’s Montero, continued to command public attention with chartbusters such as Industry Baby and Montero (Call Me by Your Name). The trailblazing artist known for his bold queer imagery and strong social media game has racked up an impressive collection of awards, including two Grammy Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, two BET Hip Hop Awards, two iHeartRadio Music Awards and two American Music Awards.

MUNROE BERGDORF

Munroe, a globally recognised activist, model, writer and broadcaster, was appointed Contributing Editor for Vogue in 2022. Since 2019, she has been a UN Women Changemaker and is a dedicated ambassador for Mermaids. She is also a founding consultant of L’Oreal Paris’ UK Diversity and Inclusion Board, having become the brand’s first trans model in the UK. She’s held roles such as LGBTQ+ editor at Dazed Beauty and has written for Grazia, i-D, Evening Standard and The Guardian. Her first book, Transitional, came out in 2022. As a model, she made history by becoming the first trans cover star of Cosmopolitan.

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PATRICK STARRR

Patrick Simondac, better known as Patrick Starrr, is a Filipino-American YouTube beauty guru and professional freelance make-up artist. Following high school, he delved into photography, which sparked his creative passion for make-up. With 4.4 million YouTube subscribers and 4.3 million Instagram followers, he’s already made quite a name for himself in the beauty industry. He was honoured with the Beauty Award at the 2017 Streamy Awards and launched a collection in collaboration with MAC Cosmetics in the same year. He’s also the founder of the vegan makeup brand ONE/SIZE.

RIKKI BEADLE-BLAIR

Rikki is an actor, director and playwright whose works include Gutted, Bashment, Shalom, Baby and the groundbreaking Summer In London, which was written for an all-trans cast of performers. In addition to his work in theatre, Rikki is known for his involvement in several feature films and TV series, including the American feature Blackbird, starring Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique, Nigel Finch’s Stonewall, Metrosexuality for Channel 4 and Noah’s Arc for MTV Logo. His exceptional work has earned him several awards and in the 2016 Birthday Honours he was appointed an MBE for services to drama.

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TAN FRANCE

Tan, the fashion expert and style guru of Netflix’s revamped Queer Eye series, was raised in a Pakistani Muslim family in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He worked for Zara, Selfridges and Chanel before moving to the United States saw him venturing into fashion design. By only 33, Tan had achieved enough success to retire comfortably. However, in 2018, Netflix cast him in Queer Eye, which became a sensation. This made Tan one of the most sought-after personal stylists worldwide. In 2020, he began co-hosting fashion design competition series Next in Fashion alongside Alexa Chung and Gigi Hadid.

TOM DALEY

Tom emerged as a diving prodigy just days after his tenth birthday By 2008, he had become the youngest European champion to take to the water. The gifted athlete bagged two golds at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and won two bronzes at the Olympics in London and then Rio, before finally getting a gold in Tokyo. The keen knitter became a patron of Switchboard in 2015, won his first British LGBT Award in 2017, delivered the Alternative Christmas Message for Channel 4 in 2021 and was made an OBE for services to diving, LGBTQ+ rights and charity. He has also raised two sons with his Oscar-winning husband, Dustin Lance Black.

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YASMIN FINNEY

Yasmin, who is only 20, is quickly establishing herself as a leading actress. Her pioneering TikTok videos, which share her experiences as a young trans woman growing up in Manchester, have amassed more than 12 million views, and she boasts a following of nearly two million (and another 1.7 million on Instagram). She is probably best known for her work on Netflix series Heartstopper, for which she was nominated for a Children’s and Family Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance. Yasmin has also appeared on Doctor Who in a pioneering role as Rose Noble and was a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.