The Top 10 Most Impactful BuzzFeed YouTube Videos Of 2015

Moving forward starts with looking back. Press play for 2015. See how watching BuzzFeed videos on YouTube changed people’s lives and impacted communities.

Anthony Duong

1. Coming Out To Immigrant Parents

People recounted what is was like to come out to immigrant parents, giving us all courage to be who you are no matter where you’re from.

“I came out to my parents about two months ago. It was totally unplanned. I was talking to my mom about my two of my friends who had just started dating (they’re lesbian) and she asked me if I was bisexual or lesbian. I hesitated and finally told her, I’m bisexual. I just broke down and she came and hugged me and told me she loved me for who I am.” – Lauren O’Keefe

2. What Happens When You Donate Your Hair?

Hair can symbolize virility and strength, so why shouldn’t everyone have the opportunity to feel fierce? Lauren parted ways with 12 inches of hair, while Bridget grew her beauty, inside and out.

“I donated my hair about 2 weeks ago, and I HAD long, thick hair that went down past my butt and I donated 14 inches to cancer patients and I unfortunately don’t know who it got given to, but I am happy to have improved some little kids life.” – Alois Trancy

3. What It’s Like To Be Intersex

Understanding starts with education. New York City’s Human Resources Administration, the largest social services agency in the country, worked with the UN Human Rights Office to use this video for their training module for UN staff on the human rights of LGBTI persons.

“My friend Robby is intersex, agender identifying. I don’t know the extent of what that means for him, but I’m glad he’s not alone.” – Thomas Ryan

4. One Woman Discovers The Wage Gap

Equal doesn’t always net out to equality. In honor of #EqualPayDay, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shared the video, which resulted in raised awareness for the issue.

“The first 23 seconds of this film has actually happened to me.

I read the Economist. I’m a scientist and an engineer. I do my research, but none of that “oh, women just aren’t actually as hard-working or important” or “but: babies!!!” BS explains why I was paid significantly less than a male coworker with the exact same job title, experience level, and starting week as me. “Well he must have just been a better negotiator.” Maybe he was, but that doesn’t make it right, because I was plenty good at what I did. Learning about how badly underpaid I was was a slap in the face. I didn’t stay long at that job after that, and it was really their loss. I wish that’s the way businesses viewed specific instances of gender-based wage gap (like mine and like Allison’s in this short): as a liability, a risk that they will lose valuable employees by angering half their workforce and letting them slip through the cracks. Instead, the argument is always brought around to the supposed shortcomings of women in the workforce.

Brava, Allison and Chantel. I love your work.” – katec4dd913e0e

5. I Jumped Off The Golden Gate Bridge

We all experience pain in some form or fashion. Kevin’s story highlights that it’s okay not to be okay, making people feel a little less alone.

“What a brave young man, to take his suicide attempt and use it to help others. I am so thankful that he is alive today. What a wonderful young man.” – Joanna Dyndor (Dyndorian)

6. Women Reveal The Truth About Growing Up

Perspective, strength, and beauty exists during every stage of life. These women prove that new beginnings exist at any age.

“Aww. This is so heart warming. To see women who accomplished extraordinary things and they’re still going. Don’t judge but I thought that after 40 my life would be practically over. But after this video I kind of think other wise.” – Rachel T.

7. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic

Little changes make the biggest impact. CleanPath showed that one doesn’t have to have deep pockets to keep the environment green.

“This is awesome. I am very proud to say: I RECYCLE THE 80% of the trash. Is a honor to take the trash cans out and see the recycle one full and the other one almost empty. I laugh at the basic neighbors that still do the opposite. We are in California, we should be the number one on recycling. Not recycling represents ignorance … We live in 2015, it should be “A THING”.” – sharaxxvable

8. Children Of Asian Immigrants Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made

Sometimes love means sacrifice. First generation Asian-Americans shared honest accounts of their parents’ immigration, sacrifice and hard work, resulting in thousands of comments from YouTube users who also shared their personal stories and gratitude.

“Whenever I watch these videos, it makes me cry because I relate to all of it. Buzzfeed shows all of life’s struggles and how to move past them, and I watch them and realize how much of a difference it has made on my life. My father and mother divorced when I was very young, and now my father barely talkes to me. He doesn’t even acknowledge me as his own child. I’m only 14. I’m gay and am trying my best to become transe gender, but everything in life is pulling me to suicide. My grades are terrible, I’m gay, my family is broken, I have no one… Thank you buzzfeed for helping me off the ledge.” – GhostlyMj

9. What It’s Like Living with Depression

Depression affects 350,000,000 people around the world.* This video relates and lives a day in a life of someone who suffers from depression, and goes to show others that it’s a lot more complicated than what’s on the surface.

“Thank you, BuzzFeed. For making videos like these. It helps people. It helps me. You are funny as frick but you also know when it’s time to take it down and realize that not everyone is happy and laughing. I thank you. I truly thank you.” – T. John

10. What Everyone Thinks When They Text And Drive

Phones should not be life threatening. According to the National Safety Council, around 1.6 million car accidents are caused by cell phone use and texting while driving annually. To spread awareness of #DontTextAndDrive, the duo Lewberger took a musical approach to save lives and get drivers to seriously consider their actions.

“Imagine having to live with the guilt of killing someone because you were texting and driving…” – harjuhubba

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