Meet Tyler Oakley, YouTube’s Self-Proclaimed “Peter Pan”

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February 18, 2014

What started as a way to keep in touch with friends in college has turned into a career for Tyler Oakley, now a 24-year-old YouTube star with more than 3.9 million fans and counting. In most of his videos, he chats about his favorite things: music, style and pop culture.

But he’s not all glitter and flash. Tyler also advocates for LGBT young people, posting supportive videos and helping to raise money for the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT youth. This year, kids who donate to the project have a chance to win a date with Tyler himself that, he promised, will be “pretty epic.”

Tyler sat down with FRONTLINE on Dec. 9, 2013 to talk more about living his “most adventurous life,” working with brands today, and his plans for the future.

What He Does For a Living

Why ‘Following’ Is the New Autograph

Tyler’s “True” Age

On Working with Brands

Tyler’s Plans for the Future


Sarah Childress

Sarah Childress, Senior Editor & Director of Local Projects, FRONTLINE

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