Connor Franta was recently in Paper Magazine, for their beautiful people issue. He opened up about his role in the LGBTQ+ community, about his fans and how he stays connected with them, and more.
When asked about connecting with his fans, he said: “I’ll get DMs and tweets saying, ‘Is there any way I can talk to you personally? I’m struggling with my sexuality.’ Or, ‘I’m from the Midwest like you were, and I know my family’s not going to be accepting.’ Because of what they know about me –with my coming out video and everything else — they know that I’ve gone through it. Hopefully, I can give them the best advice that I can.”
When asked about the shooting in Orlando: “Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, I think it was just a natural instinct that I needed to say something about it. It felt like it was a direct attack on me and my friends, and I felt like I had to — in some way — be a part of the movement to help better it or to help move it forward; to help assist in it never happening again. Coincidentally, [the shooting] happened on my first Pride weekend in Los Angeles, and my first Pride parade in general. It was a really devastating emotional twist to have such a great Friday and Saturday of Pride weekend, and then to wake up Sunday morning to the news that something so horrific had just happened to our community.”
On his upcoming projects: “I recently launched a new collection of clothing (on Connor’s Common Culture lifestyle site). It’s going really well, and we’ve sold out of several products. It’s been fun cause I do all the design and concepts and marketing, and everything is all me — besides the actual production. But it feels like my heart is in the clothing; my stamp of approval is over everything. It’s just been so great to see that it actually does well and people appreciate all the little details.”