Tyler Oakley is an American YouTube personality and advocate, namely for LGBT youth and social issues including healthcare and education. Oakley presents on various topics including queer politics, pop culture, and humor on a regular basis.
Oakley began making videos in 2007; his first video has received over 70,000 views on YouTube. Since uploading his first video while a freshman at Michigan State University, his work of over 340 videos has over 270,000,000 views and over 5.4 million subscribers as of September 2014. He is a former member of the successful collaboration channel "5AwesomeGays," where he produced the Friday video for over three years. Currently, he is described as having "one of the loudest voices on YouTube," and Bloomberg defines him as a "YouTube sensation." He was featured in the 2014 Frontline investigative report, "Generation Like," a follow-up to the 2001 documentary, "The Merchants of Cool." According to SocialBlade's Channel rating system, as of February 2014, Oakley's YouTube channel holds a grade A, with a subscriber rank of 90th, a video rank at 1,412th with a personal SocialBlade rating of 151st.