From Fullscreen to Studio71, the online video community is getting geared up for LGBT Pride Month, which kicks off in June. And now, one of YouTube’s foremost LGBTQ+ creators, Tyler Oakley, has announced his own project to mark the occasion — an eight-part web series that will live on his channel titled Chosen Family: Stories Of Queer Resilience.
In addition to spotlighting the stories of fellow influencers Kingsley, Hannah Hart, Kyle Krieger, Kat Blaque, Dylan Marron, and others throughout the month of June, Oakley will vend different limited edition charity T-shirts every week, with proceeds going to various LGBTQ+ nonprofits. A trailer posted to Oakley’s channel today sees him visiting Stonewall Inn in New York City, where a riot in 1969 kicked off the U.S. gay rights movement, as well as the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed last June in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
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“Chosen Family is all about celebrating queer life, amplifying disenfranchised voices within the LGBTQ+ community, and honoring our history while fighting for our future,” Oakley says.
Oakley, who will appear in the second season of Joey Graceffa’s YouTube Red mystery series Escape The Night, was also honored at the Out Web Fest (OWF) earlier this month — a two-year-old digital short film festival recognizing queer storytellers. Oakley received OWF’s Vanguard Award, which is presented to an influencer who has had an impact on LGBTQ+ visibility.