Hbomberguy's Donkey Kong 64 Trans Charity Marathon Stream

Hbomberguy's Donkey Kong 64 Trans Charity Marathon Stream

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Hbomberguy's Donkey Kong 64 Trans Charity Marathon Stream, also known as the #ThanksGraham Charity Stream, was a charity livestream started by YouTuber Hbomberguy in support of Mermaids, a UK-based charity organization focused on providing services for transgender youth and their parents. During the livestream, he completed a 101% completion run of Donkey Kong 64 over the course of 57 hours, raising over $340,000 for the charity. The stream attracted notable guests such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Grant Kirkhope, Jim Sterling and Chelsea Manning.


On August 31st, 2018, YouTuber Hbomberguy posted a video about speedrunning and the speedrunning community. After discussing a streamer who played Donkey Kong 64 to 101% completion, he stated that he would stream himself beating the game to 101% completion rate no matter how long it took. At the time, he did not specify the date (shown below).

In mid-December of 2018, it was reported that the National Lottery would give a £500,000 grant to the UK charity organization Mermaids, which provides services to transgender youth and their parents along with campaigning for recognition of gender dysphoria among professionals.[1] The National Lottery is the UK-run state lottery, which also provides grants for good causes, with distribution handled by the Big Lottery Fund public body. However, the grant was put under review due to a campaign held by anti-trans activists, with the most notable voice coming from comedian and writer Graham Linehan. Linehan, known for creating TV shows such as Father Ted and The IT Crowd, has also been known for his overt transphobic stances.[12][13][14] On December 16th, Linehan posted on the parenting forum Mumsnet, urging other users to email the CEO of the Big Lottery Fund with their complaints on the grant. On December 17th, the Big Lottery Fund released a statement saying they would review the grant, which was met with both disappointment and condemnation among users online.[2]

Talk Advanced search Mumsnet Talk Active I I'm on I I'm watching I I started Last 15 minutes I Last hour I Last Day Discussions of the day Trending Talk Feminism chat Your parenting experiences-tell MPs Chester Zoo- firefighters tackle blaze Christmas markets-over-hyped? Ditching the dummy- just how? Strange quirks share yours Start new thread in this topic I Watch this thread | Flip this thread | Refresh the display Add a message This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 23 messages) Mumsnetters assemble! (2 Post) Glinner Sun 16-Dec 18 19:1412 Add message | Report Topics Active m On Hello, alll I've dropped Twitter for Christmas but I can still post here. I was a bit knocked back today when I saw the story about Mermaids being given whatever insane amount it is from the National Lottery. The idea of 45 Mermaids clinics opening around the country is terrifying. But al is not lost. Here's a message from a friend Katsushika Hok... E65.00 Can everyone write their complaints to Dawn Austwick and urge others to do so. The grant has been confirmed but not signed off, there is still time to stop it and we need to force a review. Mermaids push an extreme ideological agenda, they are not professionals and they have no qualification to work with children and young people. Their approach towards children with gender dysphoria is experimental and non-evidence-based but we know that children treated in this way are more likely to embark on a medical pathway they don't come off once they start. The vast majority (around 80%) would resolve their feelings naturally by the end of puberty if left alone, and the most likely outcome is same-sex orientation in adulthood. Shop now LEWIS You know what to do


On January 14th, 2019, YouTuber Hbomberguy uploaded a video (shown below the quote) announcing the date of livestream, citing Grant Linehan's Mumsnet campaign as inspiration for choosing the Mermaids charity, stating:

“I chose to support this charity because as a person living in Britain, I find the media discussions surrounding this issue in my country, especially in its tabloids, to be woefully misinformed, and I’d like to do my bit to help support the people who do the hard work of contributing to people’s thinking on an important issue. I chose Mermaids in specific because when they were designated some funding by the National Lottery, Graham Linehan, a comedy writer who did some work on a good show, uh…20 years ago, who happens to be a very normal man who’s just very angry about trans people all day nowadays, went on Mumsnet and told them to email a lady from the National Lottery en masse and now the funding is under review. So, well done Graham! You have a massive audience and the power to choose to fight for progress in all the many forms we need in the world right now, and you used it to make sure some children won’t have access to helpful resources.”

The stream started on January 18th and ran for over 57 hours. Throughout the livestream, notable figures have appeared in support of the charity and cause, ranging from YouTubers such as Jim Sterling, and Lindsay Ellis, musicians such as Grant Kirkhope and Patricia Taxxon, to notable figures such as id Software co-founder and game developer John Romero and Democratic House representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The streamed gained a total of over $343,000 with the stream still up for donations as of January 21st, 2019.

The livestream has received coverage among not just LGBTQ+ blogging sites, but also news sites such as Metro UK,[3] Newsweek,[4] and gaming sites such as Kotaku Australia[5] and TechRaptor.[6]

Ocasio-Cortez Appearance

Ocasio-Cortez' appearance on the stream drew national attention. On the stream, she declared her support for trans rights, discussed her recent proposal of introducing a 70% marginal tax rate on the very wealthy, and helped Hbomberguy with some Donkey Kong 64 play (clip shown below).

The appearance was covered by Polygon,[7] Splinter,[8] The Hill,[9] and others.

Graham Linehan's Response

Linehan spent much of January 20th, the day following the stream, tweeting against Mermaids, alleging they gave untested drugs to children. In one tweet, he made a joke about allegedly "transabled" persons using saws to give themselves disabilities, getting ratio'd (shown below, left). He also tweeted "Let's get those kids on those untested drugs!" in a reply to YouTuber Lindsay Ellis.

Graham Linehan Follow @Glinner next week: some dude plays Mrs.Pacman for three days to raise money for bone saws Mother Farquhar @Bubblejet Replying to @a_ kanoli @harrisdustin7 and 2 others 1:46 AM-21 Jan 2019 Lindsay Ellis 블븜 @thelindsayellis ·3h Hanging out with @Hbomberguy, @PhilosophyTube, @ContraPoints and other folks on his stream to raise money for @Mermaids_Gender! Come witness the helpful anarchy! Hbomberguy Twitch Setting Up 19 309 1.6K のGraham Linehan Follow @Glinner Replying to @thelindsayellis @ContraPoints and 4 others Let's get those kids on those untested drugs! 8:33 PM -19 Jan 2019 5 Retweets 40 Likes 373 ti540

Scottish Parliament Acknowledgement

On January 21, 2019, the Scottish Parliament passed a motion congratulating Harris on the money he raised for the Mermaids organization on his charity stream.[10] They mailed him a framed copy of this motion to him as well.[11]

The Scottish Parliament Pàrlamaid na h-Alba Motion S5M-15504 Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Seottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2019 Online Gamer, Harry Brewis, Fundraising for Mermaids UK That the Parliament congratulates the online gamer, Harry Brewis, who is known by the handle HBomberGuy, on raising over $340,000 for the charity, Mermaids UK, by livestreaming a non-stop play through of Donkey Kong 64 using the platform, Twitch; understands that Mermaids provides individual and family support for gender diverse and transgender children and young people; understands that it was chosen by Harry following pressure from a well-known television and comedy writer to have a planned lottery grant removed from the charity; believes that the live stream was joined by a global audience of supporters, ranging from US Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the Northern Irish trans icon and campaigner, Bilbo the Cat, and hopes that the outpouring across social media and the volume of donations will go some way to reassuring transgender and gender diverse children and young people that they are welcomed, valued and will be supported. Sapported by: John Pinric, Mary Foc, Bill Kidd

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External References

[1] Pink News – Big Lottery Fund reviews grant to trans kids charity Mermaids

[2] Independent – Campaigning to halt Big Lottery funding for trans support charity Mermaids isn’t noble – it’ll directly harm children

[3] Metro – YouTube star Hbomberguy raises $200,000 for trans charity Mermaids in Twitch stream ‘to spite’ Father Ted creator Graham Linehan


[5] Kotaku Australia – Marathon Donkey Kong Stream Raises Over $350,000 For Transgender Charity

[6] Techraptor – [Update] Streamer Hbomberguy Raises Over $230,000 for Trans Charity

[7] Polygon – How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wound up on a Donkey Kong 64 Twitch charity stream

[8] Splinter – AOC Breaks the Internet by Dropping in on Charity Twitch Stream for Trans Kids

[9] The Hill – Ocasio-Cortez raises money for transgender youth on video game live stream

[10] Scottish Parliament – Motion S5M-15504: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2019

[11] Twitter – Ellen Murray – Yo @Hbomberguy look out for a framed copy of the Scottish Parliament motion congratulating you in your PO Box! #ThanksHarris #ThanksGraham

[12] Medium – It’s Time to Call Out Graham Linehan’s Ugly Transphobia

[13] Attitude – 'Father Ted' Creator Graham Lineham: I'm Not Transphobic. I Don't Think I’m Saying Anything Controversial

[14] – How Graham Linehan went from national treasure to divisive figure for trans community

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