“Chosen Family” has been not only a term I’ve grown close to since finding my LGBTQ+ community, but is now the name of one of my favorite projects I’ve created.
This June, the “Chosen Family: Stories of Queer Resilience” YouTube docu-series is back and we’re covering even deeper topics from the wide spectrum of the LGBTQ+ experience. In conjunction with this 7-part series, I wanted to inspire stories into action and so I joined forces with one of my favorite queer artists, Adam Kurtz, to make 8 exclusive pins for the series. Each episode will launch a new exclusive design that can be bought and worn to celebrate June’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
Proceeds from each sale will go towards LGBTQ+ non profit organizations that relate back to the series and the different queer experiences we highlight.
I am so excited to share these pins with you and hope you can wear each with PRIDE. Tweet me pics of your pins & thanks for being a part of my Chosen Family! - Tyler
Tyler Oakley is an independent creator on YouTube, who with over 7.5M+ subscribers on YouTube and over 23M+ across his social media platforms, has been established as one of the most influential LGBTQ+ vloggers and is an A-Lister in the digital age.
Amongst his many projects, Tyler hosts Psychobabble, a weekly podcast discussing "unfiltered gossip" and untold stories with his best friend Korey Kuhl, placed 3rd on season 28 of The Amazing Race, completed 30 stops of his international Slumber Party themed tour, was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 11 consecutive weeks for his book BINGE and released his much anticipated documentary, SNERVOUS.
Among his many accomplishments, Tyler has been a consultant for both the President and the First Lady of the United States on using digital platforms to connect with youth, raised over $1M for The Trevor Project, has been nominated and won Teen Choice Awards, Streamy Awards, Shorty Awards, and a Webby! Tyler was also named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet, was considered one of Time Magazine's Next Generation Leaders, included in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Digital Stars list two years in a row and on this year’s Forbes 30Under30 list & OUT Magazine's Power50 list.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Adam J. Kurtz (aka @adamjk) is an artist and author whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages and his “very personal” work for clients like Strand Bookstore and Urban Outfitters has been featured in the New Yorker, VICE, Adweek and more.
His latest book, Things Are What You Make of Them is a handwritten essay collection that tackles the creative process and realities of entrepreneurship. It is available now from Penguin Random House.