Mathew Tyler Oakley is an American YouTuber, activist and author. Much of Oakley's activism had been dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth, LGBT rights, as well as social issues including health care, education, and the prevention of suicide among LGBT youth. Oakley regularly posts material on various topics, including queer politics, pop culture and humor.Oakley began making videos in 2007; his first video Raindrops has received almost 500,000 views on YouTube as of November 19, 2017. Tyler was pushed to make a YouTube channel by a childhood friend he met when he went on a trip to the UK called Lauryn. Since uploading his first video in 2007 while a freshman at Michigan State University, his channel has over 650 million views and, at his peak over 7.7 million subscribers. Oakley, who is openly gay, is a former member of the successful collaboration channel 5AwesomeGays, where he produced the Friday video for over three years.