With more than 35,000 subscribers and 2.5 million hits to their eponymous YouTube channel, it’s safe to say that the fraternal Monastero Twins—Luke and Adam—are a social media success. The 21-year-olds (Luke is older by two minutes) started vlogging mid-2014 with an impressive initial following, but they really struck a chord with viewers with a video titled “Twins Coming Out to Parents Live,” which pulled in over 2 million hits when it was released last fall—a spike driven by reporting from major media outlets. Aptly titled, the video captured their combined coming out to refreshingly understanding and accepting parents. (We should all be so lucky.)
Since then, the guys have published videos weekly—on what they’ve dubbed ‘Monastero Mondays’—that cover an array of LGBT and mainstream topics like ‘Learning Gay Slang’ and ‘All About University.’ In their first LGBT print interview ever, the chatty Canadian cuties open up about their newfound Internet fame, navigating social media to find the right guy, their own insecurities, and where they see themselves in five years. Which—if they get their way— is all booed up.
Take a number, boys; the line forms way back there.
You’re relatively new to vlogging, but you’ve amassed a huge following in that short time. How have your videos’ popularity changed your life?
Adam Monastero: We’ve been a lot closer with our friends and family because of it. Our whole family and friends, they watch the videos, they tell us how much they like it. We live in a small town, so when we go out to a bar or something we see a lot of people from high school that we haven’t seen in a while, and they run into us and say, like, ‘hey, I watched your videos; I love them.’ It’s been an overall positive experience.
Luke Monastero: We can be ourselves a lot more. We don’t have to pretend to be someone else.
We’ve all had to struggle with accepting our homosexuality at some point and eventually coming out, and I thought your coming-out tips were great advice for LGBT youth currently battling with it. Has anybody privately reached out to you for help, and how do you hope to continue to help your viewers with these serious issues moving forward?
AM: Yeah, there have been a lot of people that have e-mailed us, especially since our actual coming-out video happened. Through Twitter, Instagram, direct messaging, and email. I try to respond to every single one and give them the best advice that I can because I’ve experienced it myself.
LM: We want to give them good advice and help them be confident in who they are. Just try to help them come out of the closet when they’re ready. Live your life to your full potential, you know.
AM: We’ll keep making videos that touch back on the whole coming-out process. We made the coming-out update video just to let people know how we are right now, and we’re going to make one today about how it does get better, how the year has changed our lives drastically in a positive way.
Have you found it harder to date or hook up now that you’ve gained some notoriety. Has your popularity changed the way you manage your presence on Grindr and Tinder?
LM: Definitely. It’s definitely changed the way we manage that.
AM: I just use Grindr and Tinder as a networking thing. I’ll put in my bio like, hey, I have a YouTube channel; be sure to check it out.
AM: And I’ll have all my Instagram links and my Twitter link. So for me it’s more of a networking thing, but, hey, if I meet someone on there then that’s cool, but they’ll know about my channel through meeting me online, which I don’t mind at all. It’s better for them, because they see how I am in person, how I sound, and everything. It’s just for me to get to know them now.
What’s the one physical characteristic about a guy that always gets your attention?
AM: The face, for me.
LM: For me it’s maybe eyes.
AM: The whole face in general for me. If I’m attracted to your face—you have a good-looking face—it’s good from there.
LM: Yeah, face and eyes.
AM: Maybe nice skin, too; that doesn’t hurt.
How do you hope to spend this Valentine’s Day?
AM: Either with friends or with a significant other on a date or something.
LM: Yeah, going out on a date. Nice dinner and a movie maybe.
AM: The ideal would be to be with a guy that I like, but we’ll see if that actually happens.
You guys are young, so you’ve got plenty of time to play the field, but what do you hope for your romantic future? Where do you see yourself in five years?
AM: Probably just a steady boyfriend that I really like, you know, be comfortable with each other. Maybe, hopefully, live together if that happens, if it’s going well.
LM: Yeah, me too. I’m the same way.
AM: Just to be happy with someone.
LM: Hopefully I’m not alone. Hopefully I have someone to spend my time with.
Get a weekly dose of Adam and Luke —they post new vids every Monday—by subscribing to their YouTube Channel: YouTube.com/themonasterotwins.
Gay Life February 2015