Calum McSwiggan

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Calum McSwiggan
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McSwiggan in November 2017
Personal information
BornCalum McSwiggan
(1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 28)
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 online personality, YouTuber, blogger, radio presenter and LGBT+ advocate. As of 2019, he has reached over 200,000 followers across his social media platforms.[1][2] McSwiggan is most known for creating educational content around LGBT+ issues, mental health, and sex and relationships.[3][4][5] He began creating YouTube videos in 2013 and began presenting The Calum McSwiggan Show on Fubar Radio in 2017.[6]

Personal life[edit]

McSwiggan was born in Nottingham and grew up in Derbyshire. He attended the University of Derby where he graduated with a first class honours degree in Creative Writing. After graduating, he lived abroad for several years working as an English teacher in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. He also spent some time living and 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, radio presenter and LGBT+ advocate in 2018.[7][8][9] He was once in a six year long relationship and engaged.[10]



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.[11] 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.[12][13][14] In 2016, McSwiggan co-produced an award-winning documentary on mental health[15][16] and in 2017 his Love Happens Here video was awarded best LGBT+ short film at Buffer Festival in Toronto.[17] McSwiggan also worked with Netflix on a mental health campaign following the release of 13 Reasons Why,[18] and with 20th Century Fox to promote their LGBT+ movie Love, Simon.[19] McSwiggan frequently collaborates with other YouTube stars including Hannah Witton, Doug Armstrong, and Alex Bertie, and is very vocal about issues that affect the YouTube community.[20][21][22][23]


McSwiggan began his career as editor of the University of Derby student magazine in 2008, and by publishing his first piece of work in the prose and poetry anthology What We Wrote.[24] Since then, he has written freelance for LGBT+ publications including Gay Times and Attitude Magazine. He also authored a number of articles for LGBT+ charities Stonewall and the Terrence Higgins Trust. McSwiggan began writing his own blog in 2011 where he documented his experiences of travelling solo as a gay man, contributing a number of sections to Hannah Witton's sex education book Doing It,[25] and is currently signed to literary agent Diamond Kahn & Woods since 2017. He is currently working on his first book.[26]

Radio and podcasts[edit]

McSwiggan currently presents The Calum McSwiggan Show on Fubar Radio. The show, which is also available as a podcast, has featured notable LGBT+ guests including Munroe Bergdorf, Charlie Condou and Juno Dawson. The show has a commitment to LGBT+ talent and exclusively plays music from LGBT+ artists.[27] McSwiggan has also spoken about a number of LGBT+ issues on many stations including Gaydio and BBC Radio 2 and co-presented an episode of BBC Radio 4's Gay Britannia.[28] McSwiggan also took part in a 24 hour live radio broadcast for UN Women.[29][30]


In 2016, McSwiggan pleaded guilty to vandalism after being attacked during an alleged hate crime in Los Angeles[31]. A report later released by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) claimed that the injuries sustained during the incident were self-inflicted.[32]


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  2. ^ "Calum McSwiggan Profile | CMC 2018 | The Children's Media Conference (CMC)". The Children's Media Conference (CMC). Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ Hautea, April. "Sex-positive YouTubers are giving kids the sex talks we wish we'd had". Mashable. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Resources we love". sexplain uk. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ Dredge, Stuart (5 July 2018). "Sex education and children: 'It's not harmful to talk about sex!'". Medium. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Calum McSwiggan". FUBAR Radio. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Calum McSwiggan - DKW Literary Agency". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  8. ^ "How Much Do Influencers Really Earn? It's Complicated..." Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  9. ^ "'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.
  10. ^ "Calum McSwiggan Engaged, Breakup With Ex Fiance". Clevver. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Derby Graduate In Running To Be Crowned Spontaneity Champion".
  12. ^ "Calum McSwiggan Announces LGBT Collaboration Month – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Celebs reveal their LGBT heroes for Switchboard". 26 June 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "MHAW: Watch Calum McSwiggan overcome hardships and depression in new documentary - Gay Times". Gay Times. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Calum McSwiggan Talks About New Documentary – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Buffer Festival 2017: Recap – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Netflix UK | 13 Reasons Why Mental Health Campaign". Netflix. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  19. ^ "20th Century Fox UK | Calum McSwiggan Takes Part in Love Simon Photoshoot". 20th Century Fox. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  20. ^ Rosney, Daniel; Rahman-Jones, Imran; Mosanya, Lola (31 October 2017). "YouTuber Calum McSwiggan slams 'money-grabbing' Hello World Live event organisers - BBC Newsbeat". BBC Newsbeat. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  21. ^ "YouTube star Calum McSwiggan calls on site to stop censoring LGBT+ videos". 20 March 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  22. ^ "YouTube Filtering Draws Ire of Gay and Transgender Creators". Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Alfie wears Zoella's knickers to show #WeStandWithZoe". Digital Spy. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ "Book - Hannah Witton". Hannah Witton. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Calum McSwiggan - DKW Literary Agency". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  27. ^ "Calum McSwiggan Talks FUBAR Radio Show – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  28. ^ ""I've heard a lot of bad coming out stories", Gay Britannia - BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  29. ^ "24 Hour Live Broadcast for #HeForShe Arts Week". FUBAR Radio. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  30. ^ "HeForShe London Arts Week | Artists". HeForShe London Arts Week. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  31. ^ "British YouTube star Calum McSwiggan admits to vandalism after LA 'hate crime'". BBC Newsbeat. 2016-09-11. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  32. ^ "Los Angeles police claim YouTube star Calum McSwiggan faked a homophobic attack". BBC Newsbeat. 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2019-01-21.

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