YouTuber Tyler Oakley had not one but two of his communities attacked on the weekend of June 11. First, fellow YouTuber Christina Grimmie was murdered, then the gay community was attacked by a shooter in Orlando. On June 14, Tyler finally responded to all of the tragedy. Watch it here.
Get ready, because Tyler Oakley’s touching new video will bring you to tears. The 27-year-old gay YouTuber was hit particularly hard by the two tragedies on June 11 and 12, when a member of his YouTube community Christina Grimmie was gunned down, and then Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was the subject of a mass shooting. See his emotional reaction video, right here.
Tyler understands better than anyone just how devastating this weekend was for internet content creators and gay people. “I have never been so thrown or so torn up or so deeply impacted by something as much as this,” he said in a new video called Rainbow Road: Being Gay After an Anti-LGBTQ+ Massacre & What We Can Do Now on June 14. “I didn’t know these people. Obviously there are people out there who were much more personally affected… but these two things independently hit me, all in one weekend, it really f*cked me up.”
Tyler wants all of his fans to know that he loves them, now more than ever. “I think about all the people who might be watching this and seeing all the news and feeling scared,” he said. “I feel scared too, and that is why I just feel like you are magical, I love you, I think you’re valid, you’re great, your experience is worth living. I don’t want you to see this and feel like you live in a world where you cant be yourself.”
That’s when he explained how horrified he was at the idea that some people in the club may have been closeted, and that their family and freinds found out who they truly are through a list of the deceased after a shooting, and he began to tear up. However, he won’t let it slow him, or the rest of the communtiy down. “We’re going to make it through this and we’re going to f*cking change the world. We’re not going to go away.”
The hardest part of the video is when Tyler chokes up talking about his mother. “My mom called me on Sunday… parents shouldn’t have to call their kids to make sure they’re alive. Shame on f*cking politicians who will offer thoughts and prayers instead of actually doing something.” That’s when he offers a list of ways to actually make a difference. Watch the video to find out for yourself how to help!
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