In an exclusive interview with GAY.com, Connor Franta has spoken candidly about his decision to come out on the Internet, in addition to sharing intimate thoughts and experiences from his career as a YouTube Sensation. The interview is a must-read for all Franta fans and millennial folk wanting to know the secrets behind one of the most influential YouTube creators of all time.
Before his Coming Out video was posted, Connor first “spent a couple of months coming out to my friends and family”, researching “every coming out video on YouTube” and experiencing his new life as an “openly gay person”. However, after living his true-self in his everyday life, he decided that he didn’t want to “avoid certain topics and pronouns” on his YouTube channel anymore, asking himself why he was holding back from “telling the rest of the world” about his sexuality.
Connor then goes into more detail about why YouTube was the perfect place for him to come out as gay; “I have this audience that I want to be authentic with and I want to be myself with”. And so, on the 8th of December 2014, Connor posted his ‘Coming Out’ video to YouTube where it has to this day been viewed over 10 million times – making it his second most viewed video after his collab with Marcus Butler.
Did it work out for Connor in the end? “It was the best thing I’ve ever done with my platform. It was the best experience because everyone was so warm, accepting and loving. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that”. He also reveals more details about the significance of the video posted just BEFORE his iconic Coming Out video, ‘Life Doesn’t Wait’, saying it “was a prequel to the coming out video, saying life doesn’t wait for you, you need to be the person you want to be now, and do the things you want to do now because life isn’t going to stop”.
As well as revealing the motivating details surrounding Connor’s powerful video, he also said that on YouTube he’s most inspired by Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, Bethany Mota and Tyler Oakley – and his last cry was over an episode of Chopped!? Check out the full interview over on GAY.com to read more about his thoughts on being a part of the largest digital community in the world.