Tyler Oakley on the 'game-changing' rise of queer YouTubers and the importance of being yourself

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Tyler Oakley isn’t tired of the internet yet.

It’s been more than a decade since the 30-year-old created his YouTube channel — which now has nearly 7.5 million subscribers — and over the years he’s made hundreds of videos, encouraging aspiring creators to share their own experiences online, too.

One of the first openly gay YouTubers to attract a major following, Oakley uses his platform to help inspire other members of LGBTQ community to embrace their true selves. He shares everything from makeup, dating, and life tips to insightful videos on the LGBTQ activists he admires; interviews with iconic change makers …

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