Connor Franta : YouTube star shares heartfelt coming out video – Watch

Connor Franta : YouTube star shares heartfelt coming out video - Watch

Connor Franta has 3.6 million followers on YouTube and today he has some big news for those fans: he is gay.

“2014 is truly the year that I have accepted who I am and become happy with that person. So today, I want to talk to you guys about that and be open and honest and tell you that I’m gay,” Franta said in the nearly 6-and-a-half- minute video.

The 22-year-old YouTube star went on to explain how he always knew that he was “a little bit different than everyone else” growing up, but never pinpointed the reason until age 12 when he entered seventh grade. Living in a small, Midwestern town in Wisconsin, Franta chose to ignore his true feelings and continued dating girls throughout most of his teenage years.

“Fast forward into high school, I tried to avoid it by dating girls. All I wanted to do was be like everyone else,” he said. “So I would date girls. I would kiss girls, but I would feel nothing… I just wanted to be normal.”

Connor Franta first came out to a friend in January. He then slowly began telling everyone else in his life including his friends, his parents and his three siblings.

“Everyone was so great. I am so fortunate,” he said. “They didn’t even look at me different. They didn’t treat me different. They just said, ‘OK,’ like it was no big deal. This whole thing that I had built up inside me to be this huge deal for 22 years… wasn’t.”

The college student chose to come out for several reasons. He puts the majority of his life on the Internet and wanted this announcement to be one those things. He has also watched “every coming-out video possible” at least “four times.”

“I’m making this video for anyone who needs it. It’s OK. It may not seem like it right now, but you are going to be fine,” he said. “You are who you are and you should love that person.”

Connor Franta got choked up at the end but lightened the mood with his signature sendoff asking his viewers to subscribe to his YouTube page and watch his previous videos before face-palming the camera.

  • Glenn Macleod

    WHY DOES ANYONE CARE IF HALF THE WORLD IS QUEER?? IT DOESN’T
    HAVE THE EFFECT ON PEOPLE LIKE IT USED TO… IS IT THE “LOOK AT ME,
    I’M DIFFERENT, AND I WANT TO BE NOTICED THINGY??” WE DON’T CARE..GET IT

  • Glenn Macleod

    HEY WORLD..I’M A FREAK.. ARE YOU SHOCKED, OR ARE YOU GOING TO TREAT ME SPECIAL BECAUSE NOW YOU KNOW I’M NOT NORMAL..
    EVERYONE LOOKING FOR THEIR 5 MINUTES OF FAME… WHEN YOUR
    75, IF YOU DON’T DIE OF AIDS..DO YOU THINK “THEY’LL STILL GIVE YOU A LOOK”??? KEEP YOUR SICKNESS TO YOURSELF… I GOT PILES..DO YOU CARE??

  • Glenn Macleod

    NOW THAT I SEE HIM.. ALL I CAN SAY IS..”IF IT LOOKS LIKE A DUCK………..”