Tyler Oakley Cancels Fan Event to Grieve for LGBTQ Victims of Orlando Shooting
After the horrifying events that took place in Orlando this weekend, we’re still trying to process everything. Both Christina Grimmie‘s murder and the shooting of over 50 LGBTQ lives have resulted in many celebrities taking to social media to pay their respects and urge for stricter gun-control laws. Both those in the LGBTQ community and their allies are shocked, angry and scared, but they’re coming together in support and love. Many events that were scheduled to take place in Orlando this week have been canceled, but it’s also affecting events that are happening around the country.
It’s no secret that Tyler Oakley is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights and is an advocate for The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Tyler often tackles hard issues and promotes awareness and open conversation to his over 8 million YouTube subscribers, and shared his heartbreaking thoughts about the shooting on Twitter.
Tyler opened up saying, “I’m sad, I’m angry, I’m scared, and I’m grieving the LGBTQ+ people that were murdered. I’m realizing that I need to take a moment today to grieve.” He not only explained his personal feelings about the shooting, but he also canceled the fan event that was scheduled for Sunday night. A signing for Tyler’s book, Binge, was supposed to take place at The Grove in Los Angeles.
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) June 12, 2016
We are still trying to wrap our heads around the shooting and we love to see that Tyler is continuing his advocacy and speaks out in love during a time of hate. Everyone needs to grieve and process on their own time and we hope that Tyler takes all the time he needs.
In better news, Tyler Oakley is a best-selling author, like all of these YouTube stars:
Tyler might be the king on YouTube based on his success. In addition to be a beloved YouTuber, the blond is also a podcast personality, frequent red-carpet reporter, and a dedicated LGBTQ activist. Oh, and did we mention he's also written a best-selling book?
When Binge was released in October 2015, fans went out and bought it right away. By November 2015, the book, which is a collection of essays by Tyler, was number two on the New York Times Best Seller's list. "YOU GUYS!!! We made the New York Times Best Sellers list?!?! I'M FREAKING OUT thank you for supporting BINGE!!" he tweeted after finding out the exciting news.
Photo: Instagram (@tyleroakley)