This year, LGBTQ+ activist, New York Times bestselling author and YouTube/podcast personality Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) will be attending the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival to participate in a special "In Conversation" moderated by Etalk Reporter Liz Trinnear (@liztrinnear) on Friday, May 26 at 4:00 PM at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Tyler Oakley in Conversation rounds out Inside Out’s expanded Youth Day programming, a day that brings out LGBTQ+ youth to the Festival for inspiring panels and conversations with emerging and professional LGBTQ+ filmmakers and personalities, plus the annual screening of Youth Shorts: Teenage Dream. Youth Day is generously supported by Centennial College.
As a vlogger and activist, Tyler has firmly established himself as one of one of the most influential LGBTQ+ voices among youth with over 7.5M+ subscribers on YouTube and over 23M+ across his social media platforms. Named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and included in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Digital Stars List in 2015, Tyler is also the New York Times bestselling author of Binge and was a digital platforms consultant for former President Obama and Michelle Obama. Since 2009, Tyler has been a major supporter of The Trevor Project, an organization for the prevention of suicide among LGBTQ+ youth for which he has helped raise over $1 million.