On September 20, 2011, the United States “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy on homosexuals serving in the military was officially repealed—a huge victory for LGBT communities and supporters everywhere. The moment that DADT came to an end, US soldiers began celebrating by coming out to their friends, family and fellow soldiers. One Air Force soldier video taped himself coming out to his dad on the phone and posted it to YouTube. The emotional video has racked up over 1.5 million views so far.
The video, ‘Telling my dad that I am gay – LIVE’, was not the first video uploaded to YouTube by this soldier, who according to his YouTube channel is named Steven R Phillips and, according to ABC News goes by Randy Phillips. Within the past few months Randy uploaded a number of other videos to his channel—though he didn’t show his face until the most recent. The videos were about what it’s like to be gay in the military, about whether he should come out to his friends and family, what it was like to come out in the military and more. He’s also been tweeting from the Twitter handle @AreYouSurprised.
Back in July he posted a video of himself coming out to his friend, which racked in over 200,000 views and, as a side note, he is also the guy that uploaded the amazing Air Force cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep that got over 1 million views back in August.
Earlier this week, Randy finally showed his face in an emotional video of himself coming out to his dad. The video, at the time this post was written, has garnered 1.5 million views and is continuing to shoot up the YouTube charts. The video is getting a huge response with lots of supportive comments, and unfortunately lots of trolling unsupportive comments as well. However, I think that comes with the territory when you decide to post such a personal moment on YouTube. I think it’s wonderful that Randy decided to share this experience with the world.
Check the video out below and let us know what you think of the fact that Randy has shared such a personal experience on YouTube.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.