This is important because someone who millions of people look up to is spreading false information and stigmatizing LGBT people by using gay slurs. There are people who defend his actions and will continue to defend his actions simply because of his attractiveness or fame. This is wrong.
We need to show the world that hatred and intolerance will not be tolerated in the public sphere even by internet phenomenons and celebrities. Nash Grier should not get off of the hook simply because of his looks or because people like his videos. Through this petition we intend to reinforce the concept that homophobia and intolerance shouldn't be tolerated coming from anyone, we intend to reinforce the idea that the LGBT community's struggles and hardships are important and to let harmful statements off the hook simply because of someone's prominence or fame is wrong. And the LGBT community deserves and demands better.
This petition is also to show Grier fans that defending him solely because they "like him" and his videos, and find him attractive despite spewing gay slurs and misinformation is also unacceptable. It's to show that the LGBT community deserves better than people turning a blind eye to their struggles at the expense of liking someone's videos or looks, or whatever it may be. It's unacceptable. Grier fans are also part of society and they shouldn't be defending his use of these slurs and homophobia, it's just as harmful as the homophobia itself.
Nash Grier in a video showed people talking about how HIV "just isn't a gay thing" and proceeded to affirm that it was and afterwards used a gay slur.
We have seen homophobic tweets that were later dismissed by Grier (you can find these tweets by looking them up), and now there's a video displaying his misinformation and slurs for the whole world to see. There's no dodging this one.
This is important because Nash Grier is a popular figure among many teen fans, some of which are more than likey LGBT, and this is extremely hurtful and can have damaging and drastic effects. You have let fans and people down by stigmatizing the LGBT community and using gay slurs. This is unacceptable, and you don't get a free pass due to your fame. People look up to you, and what you say and do has real effects, sadly, when it comes to fame people can abuse their fame. You have abused your fame.
As a gay teen I never really was a huge fan of Nash Grier, however when I heard the gay slur it made me sick. It's something that can push people struggling with their sexuality further into the closet, and it's a slur that is harmful and has a deep impact on our community. You owe everyone, and the LGBT community an apology. LGBT teen suicide rates are already much higher than the average, and it's subtle things and slurs, and stigmatizing that pushes people to feel inadequate and sickened by themselves. It's something that pushes people to hate who they are, and some people feel like they would rather die than be who they are, and it's in part because of things like this.
If you don't take the sufferings and problems the LGBT community faces seriously, and you sit upon a stage with fame and millions of fans and use it to make the LGBT community feel inadequate and make things even harder, you do not deserve the popularity that you have.
Give the countless amounts of LGBT struggling with their identity or who still remain in the closet a voice by sending a unified message of support for the LGBT community that we stand united against this kind of intolerance and stigmatization. Be proud of who you are.
*UPDATE*: Grier has recently apologized through twitter, however the purpose of this petition was not just for him to acknowledge how offensive what he said and did was and apologize for it (which he did), it was also to raise awareness about things like this. Everyone's going to make mistakes and it's important people learn from them and how they can affect so many people especially when you have such a large young and impressionable audience like Nash Grier.
Through this petition we would urge Nash Grier to validate his apology by using his platform to promote tolerance and acceptance for the LGBT community. Since he already makes videos, and he could make a video insulting LGBT people using a gay slur and spreading misinformation, he could also use his platform to promote tolerance and acceptance.
Publicly apologize for using gay slurs and recant your false statement regarding HIV.