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Cher among famous names to support YouTuber’s trans charity fundraiser

Cher among famous names to support YouTuber’s trans charity fundraiser

Cher and hbomberguy | Photos: Atlantic Records and YouTube

Cher and Democratic politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are just two of the recognizable faces to donate to YouTuber hbomberguy’s trans charity video game-playing marathon.

hbomberguy has raised $340,000 (£264,000, €299,00) for Mermaids, which supports gender-diverse and trans children.

The real name of the YouTuber is Harry Bromis; the rising online star has 300,000 followers.

Ocasio-Cortez dropped in on the Twitch stream yesterday and discussed trans rights with the YouTuber.

Meanwhile, Believe singer Cher retweeted a shoutout from a fan calling attention to the Twitch.

‘Who knew when we woke up this morning we’d be tweeted by Cher?’

Reacting to the news, Mermaids tweeted: ‘Who knew when we woke up this morning that we’d be tweeted by Cher and have Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drop in?’

Chelsea Manning and Donkey Kong composer Grant Kirkhope also joined the stream.

hbomberguy stared the fundraiser on Twitch to ‘spite’ transphobic comedy writer Graham Linehan, the creator of Father Ted.

Linehan has accused Mermaids of pushing an ‘extreme ideological agenda’ with their work.

‘Woefully misinformed’

In a video hbomberguy explained: ‘I chose to support [Mermaids] because as a person living in Britain, I find the media discussion around this issue to be woefully misinformed, and I’d like to do my bit to help support the people who do the hard work of contributing to people’s thinking on an issue.’

He furthermore added: ‘I chose Mermaids specifically, because when they were designated some funding via the National Lottery, Graham Linehan, a comedy writer who did some work on a good show 20 years ago, a very normal man who is very angry about trans people all day nowadays, went on Mumsnet and told them to email the National Lottery en mass.’

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