10 Queer Social Media Stars Ruling the Internet
By Stacy Lambe
Pictured From Left: Tyler Oakley, Davey Wavey & Yanis Marshall
While we celebrate anytime a celebrity joins Twitter, it's the folks on this list that we love to follow. Tyler Oakley, Todrick Hall and Davey Wavey are a generation of gays that grew up on viral content and know best how to create it. Thanks to their massive followings, this new army of celebrity has the power to make things buzzworthy and make us write about it. They are no longer chasing stars on the small screen, they are the stars of the small screen with budding media empires that include TV shows, book deals and award show appearances.
If there was a viral video that you in the past six months, chances are Todrick was behind it. He’s the writer, director and star of many popular musical parodies, including The Wizard of Ahhhs, Mean Gurlz, and Cinderonce. Now he’s choreographing routines for Virgin America and the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
With over 2 million followers on Twitter and counting, Tyler is an Internet superstar. Thanks to his popular YouTube videos and obsession with pop culture, Tyler has built a massive following hungry for viral content.
With nearly 300 million views on YouTube, Kingsley is in a class all of his own. His videos have sparked memes all over the Internet thanks uproariously funny characters, such as La’Vodka and Heather-Ann. At the end of last year, he announced that 2014 would be his last year on YouTube possibly becoming the first-ever Internet celeb retiree.
Davey is a globetrotting YouTube personality and fitness guru that knows how to entertain and spark conversation with his online videos. His clips often breakdown gay and straight stereotypes—while offering plenty of eye candy. He has since taken his brand to the small screen when he appeared on Bravo's Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.
As Lohanthony on YouTube, Anthony is a sassy, unflinching 15-year-old who updates the world on everything his favorite music to eating bread with Liam Payne. Over 41 million views on YouTube prove that people are obsessed with learning more.
Ryan — who brands himself as a content creator — regularly produces popular parodies of singers like Katy Perry that would make a pop star proud. He first went viral with wildly popular “California Gays” and now produces videos that touch on everything from Sochi to pop culture.
Unlike the other vloggers on this list, Paul is only concerned with fashion. Whether it’s updating Twitter on Kid Cudi’s style or creating an Instagram meme, he’s got something fierce to say about couture. The Internet has taken notice. That’s why Retta presented him with A&E's Instagram Video of the Year Shorty Award.
These two savvy Tumblr users have used the power of the social platform and the interests of Bravo to their advantage. T. Kyle’s Reality TV GIFs pinpoints the best moments of the network’s many reality shows and even gotten him on Watch What Happens Live. Meanwhile, Ryan's illustrations of Andy caught the talk host’s attention when he tweeted at him. Now But You’re Like Really Pretty has been turned into a book and Ryan is designing for everything from Vanity Fair and American Music Awards.
This actor and comedian first became popular for his biting portrayal of Chlöe Sevigny. He has since turned the Internet stardom into roles in several web series, including Crowned and Funny or Die’s Not Looking.
When it comes to dancing, it doesn’t get any fiercer than Yanis’s routine in heels set to gays’ pop icons. His most popular video, set to a Spice Girls medley, racked up 4 million views in just a matter of months. Now his videos are shared by the likes of Beyoncé.