Calum McSwiggan

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Calum McSwiggan
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Calum McSwiggan in May 2019
Personal information
BornCalum McSwiggan
(1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 29)
Nottingham, England
YouTube information
Years active2013-present
GenreLGBT+ lifestyle
Subscribers84,000 subscribers
(12 December 2018)
Total views8.4 million views
(12 December 2018)

Calum McSwiggan (born 21 May 1990) is a British YouTuber, blogger, and radio presenter. McSwiggan is most known for creating video content around LGBT+ issues, mental health, and sex and relationships.[1][2][3] He began creating YouTube videos in 2013 and began hosting The Calum McSwiggan Show on Fubar Radio in 2017.[4]

Personal life[edit]

McSwiggan was born in Nottingham and grew up in Derbyshire. He attended the University of Derby where he graduated with a degree in Creative Writing. After graduating, he worked abroad for several years as an English teacher in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. He also spent time working in an animal sanctuary in Thailand, raising and caring for tiger cubs. In 2013, he moved to London to work for the HIV charity organisation Terrence Higgins Trust before becoming self-employed as a blogger and radio presenter in 2018.[5][6][7]



McSwiggan began creating YouTube videos in September 2013 and was shortlisted as a finalist for's nationwide search for a travel blogger later that year.[8] McSwiggan collaborated with LGBT+ charity organisation Switchboard (UK) in June 2015 to support their relaunch with a series of videos featuring notable LGBT+ celebrities including Tom Daley, George Takei, and Matt Lucas.[9][10][11] In 2016, McSwiggan co-produced an award-winning documentary on mental health[12][13] and in 2017 his Love Happens Here video was awarded best LGBT+ short film at Buffer Festival in Toronto.[14]


McSwiggan began his career as editor of the University of Derby student magazine in 2008 and published his first piece of work in the prose and poetry anthology What We Wrote.[15] McSwiggan began writing his own blog in 2011 where he documented his experiences of travelling solo as a gay man, and went on to contribute to a number of books including Hannah Witton's sex education book Doing It.[16] Since 2017, he has been signed to literary agent Diamond Kahn & Woods and is currently working on his first book.[17]

Radio and podcasts[edit]

McSwiggan presents The Calum McSwiggan Show on Fubar Radio which has featured a number of LGBT+ guests such as Munroe Bergdorf and Rose McGowan.[18] The show has a commitment to LGBT+ talent and exclusively plays music from LGBT+ artists.[19] McSwiggan has also spoken about a number of LGBT+ issues on many stations including Gaydio and BBC Radio 2.[20] McSwiggan has also co-presented an episode of BBC Radio 4's Gay Britannia and took part in a 24-hour live radio broadcast for UN Women.[21][22]


In January 2016, McSwiggan uploaded a video I Did Gay Porn And I'm Sorry apologizing for an incident where leaked footage was posted online showing him performing a number of explicit sex acts. [23] He later received criticism from a number of gay pornographic actors who claimed that his views were demonizing of the industry.[24]

In June 2016, McSwiggan pleaded guilty to vandalism after being attacked during an alleged hate crime in Los Angeles.[25] The Los Angeles Police Department claimed the injuries sustained during the incident were self-inflicted.[26]


  1. ^ Hautea, April. "Sex-positive YouTubers are giving kids the sex talks we wish we'd had". Mashable. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Resources we love". sexplain uk. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ Dredge, Stuart (5 July 2018). "Sex education and children: 'It's not harmful to talk about sex!'". Medium. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Calum McSwiggan". FUBAR Radio. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Calum McSwiggan - DKW Literary Agency". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. ^ "How Much Do Influencers Really Earn? It's Complicated..." Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  7. ^ "'Gay YouTubers like Tyler Oakley and Calum McSwiggan have changed LGBT people's lives!' - Guys Like U". Guys Like U. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Derby Graduate In Running To Be Crowned Spontaneity Champion".[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Calum McSwiggan Announces LGBT Collaboration Month – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Celebs reveal their LGBT heroes for Switchboard". 26 June 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  11. ^ "LGBT+ celebrities shout about their LGBT heroes | Gscene Gay Magazine - What's on in Gay / LGBT Brighton". Gscene Gay Magazine - What's on in Gay / LGBT Brighton. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  12. ^ "MHAW: Watch Calum McSwiggan overcome hardships and depression in new documentary - Gay Times". Gay Times. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Calum McSwiggan Talks About New Documentary – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Buffer Festival 2017: Recap – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  15. ^ Williams, Laura, ed. (26 January 2010). What We Wrote: An Anthology Of Poetry And Prose From The Students Of The University Of Derby. Fabia Kerr. AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781449058029.
  16. ^ "Book - Hannah Witton". Hannah Witton. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Calum McSwiggan - DKW Literary Agency". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Rose McGowan Joined Calum McSwiggan to Discuss Cults, Hollywood and Horror Movies". FUBAR Radio. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Calum McSwiggan Talks FUBAR Radio Show – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  20. ^ ""I've heard a lot of bad coming out stories", Gay Britannia - BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  21. ^ "24 Hour Live Broadcast for #HeForShe Arts Week". FUBAR Radio. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  22. ^ "HeForShe London Arts Week | Artists". HeForShe London Arts Week. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Calum McSwiggan reveals porn past". Gay Times. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  24. ^ "Adult movie star criticises Calum McSwiggan for 'gay porn' apology". Gay Times. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  25. ^ "British YouTube star Calum McSwiggan admits to vandalism after LA 'hate crime'". BBC Newsbeat. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Los Angeles police claim YouTube star Calum McSwiggan faked a homophobic attack". BBC Newsbeat. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

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