Soldier Tells Dad He's Gay LIVE On YouTube
MSNBC.COM - "Dad, I'm gay." With those three emotion-drenched words, a 21-year-old U.S. soldier stationed in Germany reveals in a phone call to his father in Alabama what he had long kept secret but could now finally share with Tuesday's official repeal of the military's 17-year "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
The soldier, who goes by the online moniker "areyousurprised," captures himself on video telling his father something he says he's "known since forever" but was afraid to share. He posted the video to YouTube, and it quickly went viral.
The soldier was among numerous U.S. military members who "came out" on Tuesday, guaranteed that they will no longer be punished or booted out of the service because of their sexual orientation.
The soldier doesn't give his name, and in previous YouTube videos chronicling his experience as a gay man in the military is careful not to show his face. But in the latest video, titled "Telling my dad that I am gay," he faces the camera directly, sitting in a room with a world map draped on a wall behind him.
The soldier fidgets nervously as he tells viewers it's early Tuesday morning and he hasn't been able to sleep. He then calls home on his mobile phone.
In the captivating five-minute conversation that follows, he reveals his sexual orientation to his father.
Can I tell you something?" he asks.
"Yeah," the father replies.
"Will you love me, serious?"
"Yes," the father says.
"Dad, I'm gay."
The soldier explains that "I've known since forever" about his sexual orientation and has been aching to tell his family for a long time.
"I don't know when's the next time I would be able to see you. I didn't want to do it over the phone. I wanted to tell you in person, but uh … I didn't want you to find out in any other way." >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM MSNBC
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