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NO MORE MR NICE GUY

HE WON’T SUGAR-COAT THE TRUTH — THINGS ARE BAD AND LGBT+ RIGHTS ARE UNDER THREAT. BUT TYLER OAKLEYIS GEARING UP FOR THE FIGHT AND REMAINS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE

WORDS: CLIFF JOANNOU

PHOTOGRAPHS: MAGNUS HASTINGS

FASHION: JOESEPH KOCHARIAN

Tyler wears denim jacket by Saturdays NYC, t-shirt by H & M, jeans by Levi’s, opticals, by Warby Parker x Tyler Oakley, throughout

Ten years ago, when a 17-year-old Tyler Oakley was finding his way through the often confusing maze of sexual identity, examples of out LGBT+ public figures on film, on TV and in music were few and far between. The USA was two years away from embracing the queerness of Adam Lambert on American Idol. Sam Smith was in school studying for his GCSEs, while Miley Cyrus was rocking around as Hannah Montana, yet to embrace her pansexual awakening.

Never mind the discourse around trans rights, which was still years from entering the mainstream media’s lexicon.

If you were born in a small town or village cut off from the more diverse big cities of North America and Europe, it was highly likely that you were the only non-heterosexual person you knew. Through numerous websites you could meet guys for sex (the first smartphone hook-up apps were still two years away) but what if you wanted more than just sexual gratification? What if you were seeking a shared life experience and a deeper level of connection? As such a boy, Tyler clicked on to YouTube and put out his first video, Raindrops, while a freshman at Michigan State University.

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On the cover: Todrick Hall, Tyler Oakley and Joanne the Scammer Generation Hope! This issue Attitude profiles three of the digital world’s biggest personalities with exclusive shoots. Plus: How gay is David Walliams? Prison Break’s new bad guy Amin El Gamal. Hot yoga star Patrick Beach. And what it’s like being gay in China.
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