YouTube Channel Conducts Stream in Support of Charity for Trans Youth
by Conor Lutts
Staff Human Rights Activist
When Harry Brewis, more commonly known by his online handle ‘HBomberguy’, started a charity livestream of ‘Donkey Kong 64’ late last Friday, he did not expect to do anything substantial. His initial goal was only five hundred dollars, and he never expected his audience to rise above a half-dozen people.
By the end of the stream early Monday morning, Brewis had raised well over a third of a million dollars, was courting an audience of twenty thousand, and had guests ranging from actor Adam Conover, to trans activist Chelsea Manning, to congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York’s 14th Congressional District, all in support of Mermaids UK.
Brewis chose Mermaids, a charity that supports transgender children and their families, because when they as they were about to be designated funding by the British national lottery, they faced blowback.
Conservative British comedian Graham Linehan wrote “The idea of 45 Mermaids clinics opening around the country is terrifying”. He then went on to post the business email of Dawn Austwick, CEO of the National Lottery. The funding was placed under review shortly after, and still is as of writing.
In his announcement of the stream, Brewis calls Graham Linehan out in particular, stating “Well done Graham, you have a massive audience, and the power to choose to fight for progress in all its many forms we need in the world right now, and you used it to make sure some children won’t have access to helpful resources.”
He then goes onto “thank” Graham: “…[N]ow tons more people know about Mermaids and want to support them just to spite you. Good job raising awareness for a charity, genius!”
The response to this stream has been immense. Including the aforementioned Adam Conover, Chelsea Manning, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the stream had well over forty guests during Brewis’ fifty-eight hour marathon, including lead designer of the original Doom John Romero, the voice of Donkey Kong Grant Kirkhope, and many more besides. Several more celebrities went on Twitter to endorse the event, including Neil Gaiman, Cher, and Arin Hanson.
Brewis himself takes none of the credit. “It was all the guests, all the people who came out to donate, who should be thanked.” He explained towards the end of the stream, “I just played a video game for several hours.”
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