Ocasio-Cortez Turns to Twitch and Donkey Kong to Raise Money for Transgender Youth
One thing that no-one can deny, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, is the fact that junior congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made politics cool again for the younger generations. The 29-year-old New York Congresswoman, surprised everyone when she attracted young and old New Yorkers alike to her campaign last year, and ended up becoming the youngest woman to ever win a seat in Congress.
One of the reasons for her success is that she steps outside the box of norms for a typical politician. She has embraced social media, and now appears to be embracing the video game live-streaming site, Twitch.com.
In an effort to raise money for transgender youth, Ocasio-Cortez made a surprise on a live stream of Donkey Kong 64 set up by UK-based Youtube star Harry Brewis. Brewis played the game live for over 50 hours and ended up raising more than $200,000 for transgender youth, a remarkable feat for a Twitch live-stream.
Ocasio-Cortez called into the show after Chelsea Manning had done so as well. The Congresswoman praised Brewis’ efforts and said the following:
“Trans rights are civil rights are human rights,” later adding “It’s important that we do talk about these issues in the economic frame, but not let go of the fact that discrimination is a core reason for economic hardship.”
Following her live-stream appearance, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the following message to her 2.54 million Twitter followers:
“If you’d like to use this as a good moment to support the queer community, there’s a charity twitch stream going on for [Mermaids].
“It was great popping in and chatting with you all ? thanks for inviting me!”
Other celebrities, including Cher, supported the live-stream with a retweet of her own. The funds will be donated to the transgender children’s charity called Mermaids.