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Gay Esports Star SonicFox Just Raised $22K for Trevor Project

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Dominique McLean, a.k.a. SonicFox, wrote the words 'Trans Rights' on his chest to celebrate passing his fundraising goal.

An out professional video gamer just pulled in more than $22,000 for an LGBTQ cause.

Dominique McLean, better known in gaming circles as SonicFox, kicked off a 72-hour Twitch marathon session last Friday, according to OutSports. He ended up exceeding his initial fundraising goal.

As he wrapped the stream, he put on a signature furry mask and exposed his chest to reveal the words "Trans Rights."

"This will be a very special moment in my life for years to come, and I hope to do things like this more often," McLean wrote on Twitter. "Thank you all for this very magical moment."

At 72 hours, McLean had already raised about $22.152, but he left the stream open for another 24 hours and pulled in another $100.

"Thank you so much for supporting our life-saving work and being a role model for LGBTQ youth in the gaming community," read a statement from the Trevor Project.

The charity works to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth.

During the course of the Twitch event, SonicFox discussed his coming-out experience -- he describes himself in bios as a "black, queer furry"--in a conversation with LGBTQ video game journalist Jim Sterling and out YouTuber CaseyExplosion.

Other high-profile guests in the video game world, including Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon and Celeste composer Lena Raine, also visited the stream. And after hitting a $20,000 goal, McLean shaved off his mustache as part of a promise to fans.

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