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Tyler Oakley (https://www.youtube.com/user/tyleroakley)

Pop Culture Phenomenon, Social Rights Advocate & The Most Prominent LGBTQ+ Voice On YouTube

Since uploading his first video to YouTube in 2007 while a freshman at Michigan State University, Tyler Oakley has amassed more than 21 million social media followers through his humorous, no-holds-barred YouTube videos, high-profile interviews, and social rights advocacy. Taking the Internet by storm, Oakley has become an Internet icon, with successes ranging from interviews with First Lady Michelle Obama and boy band One Direction, to a worldwide live tour, and his chart-topping podcast Psychobabble. In October 2015, Oakley released his first book—a collection of witty and hilarious personal essays, titled Binge.

Oakley’s weekly video posts, in which he discusses various topics, including queer politics, pop culture and humor have been viewed more than 544 million times and have garnered over 8 million subscribers. Currently, he is described as having "one of the loudest voices on YouTube," and Bloomberg defines him as a "YouTube sensation."

Oakley is a former member of the successful collaboration channel "5AwesomeGays," where he produced the Friday video for over three years. Much of Oakley's activism has been dedicated to LGBT youth, LGBT rights, as well as social issues including healthcare, education, and the prevention of suicide among LGBT youth.

In 2014, he was featured in the Frontline investigative report, "Generation Like," which took a close look at how teenagers are directly interacting with pop culture. Also in 2014, Oakley’s efforts earned him two Teen Choice Awards, as well as the Streamy Entertainer of the Year Award and the Streamy Activist Icon of the Year Award.
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