Saron Yitbarek > Senior > Psychology > University of Maryland, College Park
When the beat to Nicki Minaj’s "Itty Bitty Piggy drops," Tyler Oakley’s eyes light up. He begins to pop his shoulders in time to the music, eyebrows raised, face scrunched into a cocky smirk. He lip sings the song with perfection. It’s this confidence, this ability to be both authentic and hilarious that has helped him acquire over 80,000 subscribers and has his comment box littered with professions of love and admiration.
For Oakley, part of being authentic is being, as he puts it, “gay in a straight world.” As an entertainer and a person who is a proud member of the gay community, Oakley accidentally found himself in a position where he could use his online platform to make a difference.