Laci Green (born October 18, 1989) is an American YouTube video-blogger, public sex educator, and feminist activist. She has hosted online sex education content on behalf of Planned Parenthood and Discovery News.
Green hosts Braless, the first MTV YouTube channel, as part of a 12-week deal with MTV. The first episode aired November 4, 2014. In 2016, Time named her one of the 30 most influential people on the Internet.
Early life and education
Green was born in Utah. Her mother is a Mormon from a small American town, and her father is a Mormon convert who came from a Muslim family in Iran. When she was two years old, her family moved to Portland, Oregon. When she was twelve years old, her family moved to California for her father's job. As she grew older she began to question the Mormon faith because of its strict gender roles and expectations of her as a woman. Growing up, Green was interested in theater and was supported by her mother who owns a theater company. Soon after leaving the church, she fell into a state of deep depression and struggled with self-harm and suicidal thoughts. She began to work with a therapist who helped her through her depression. She is now an atheist.
Green has said that the closest identifier for her sexual orientation is pansexual.
In 2011, Green graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in legal studies and education.
Green's videos were originally a hobby, but, as they grew more popular, she took more interest in sex education. As of October 2014, her YouTube channel had more than 1,000,000 subscribers. As a sex educator, she has given lectures at several universities and on behalf of Planned Parenthood. Green is a former co-host of DNews, a YouTube channel with short science-based shows, launched by the Discovery News website. On January 18, 2013, Green appeared on Dr. Phil in an episode titled "Girls Who Bash Girls Who Dress Sexy". She spoke about how she believes that slut-shaming is wrong and how it is used to degrade a woman's sexuality.
Green advances the sex-positive movement in her videos and lectures. She has said that she wants to "get people to talk about sex in a way that isn't shameful, awkward, or weird. People are uneducated and this creates so many stigmas that don't need to be there."
After fellow YouTuber Sam Pepper posted a video of himself grabbing women's bottoms, Green wrote an open letter, co-signed by several other YouTube bloggers, asking Pepper to "stop violating women". Channel 4 and the BBC interviewed her about sexual harassment in the YouTube community.
Green won a 2016 Streamy Award for Science or Education.
In 2012, Green received death threats via the Internet after she used the pejorative term "tranny" in a video; she apologized and took down the video, stating that the offensive comment had been made years earlier when she had been very uneducated. After a month-long break, she returned to her YouTube channel in August 2012.