YouTubers show support to Dan Howell after incredible coming out video
14 June 2019, 10:41 | Updated: 14 June 2019, 11:37
Joey Graceffa, James Charles, Connor Franta and more have offered messages of support for Dan.
YouTubers have been rallying around Dan Howell with messages of support after he came out as gay in a video posted last night (June 13).
After posting the 45-minute video to his channel yesterday called ‘Basically I’m Gay’, Dan explained on Twitter his decision to upload the video now during Pride Month, saying: "I always wanted to upload this next video in the month of june ..it ended up taking an entire year longer than i thought but here we are again and now it is time."
Since then, the YouTube community has come forward with messages of support for Dan.
“So proud of you for doing this so beautifully, on your own time and when you felt it was right. Welcome. Wish you all the love, happiness and sunshine in the world, always,” Joey Graceffa said on Twitter.
“So so so happy for you. happy pride king!” James Charles wrote, while Thomas Sanders added: “Amazing!!! Incredibly happy for you, man!! I wish you all the happiness and acceptance you deserve!!!”
Connor Franta welcomed Dan to the “gay internet mafia”, writing: “daniel!! im over the moon for you right now. this takes courage to share and you should be so so proud of yourself. well done. oh and an official welcome to the gay internet mafia. we meet the first saturday of every month. coffee and donuts are provided, however we do recommend you bring a snack to share. no plus ones. dont be late.”
Jenna Marbles added: “Basically I love you so much and I’m so proud of you and happy for you.”
You can see some more YouTuber’s responses to Dan’s video below.
congrats bb ❤️💜💙— Natalie Wynn 🦋 (@ContraPoints) June 14, 2019
PS nice lights 😝
@danielhowell you're a hero n a champ n an absolute class act ❤️❤️❤️— troye (@troyesivan) June 14, 2019
Dan Howell is an absolute king— Nathan Zed 👨🏾🎓 (@NathanZed) June 14, 2019
you're a badass 😭— Jon Cozart (@joncozart) June 13, 2019
💙💙— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) June 13, 2019
Proud of you dude! ❤️— Jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) June 13, 2019
Very happy for you!
<3— Mark (@MarkFerris199O) June 13, 2019
So proud of you for doing this so beautifully, on your own time and when you felt it was right. Welcome. Wish you all the love, happiness and sunshine in the world, always. 🌈❤️😍— Joey Graceffa (@JoeyGraceffa) June 13, 2019
That zoom after “why can’t we have straight pride” fucked me up.— Dean Dobbs (@DeanDobbs) June 13, 2019
The rest of it fucked me up too but that was different and a lot more life affirming and meaningful.
Should’ve started with that.
So so so happy for you 🥰 happy pride king! 🌈— James Charles (@jamescharles) June 13, 2019
oh and an official welcome to the gay internet mafia. we meet the first saturday of every month. coffee and donuts are provided, however we do recommend you bring a snack to share. no plus ones. dont be late. 🌈⚔️— connor (@connorfranta) June 13, 2019
sending you the biggest hug. <3— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) June 13, 2019
Dan also opened up about his romantic involvement with his long-term YouTube partner Phil Lester: “Through the magic of the internet, I met Phil. And obviously we were more than friends but it was more than just romantic. This is someone who genuinely liked me. I trusted them. And for the first time since I was a tiny child I actually felt safe...we are real best friends. Companions through life. Like actual soul mates."
Phil also came forward with messages of support for Dan, writing on Twitter: "For real Dan has worked so hard on this video!! Super proud of him and the messages it sends".
For real Dan has worked so hard on this video!! Super proud of him and the messages it sends 🏳️🌈— Phil Lester (@AmazingPhil) June 13, 2019
But Dan stopped short of confirming their current relationship status in his video however, saying he’d prefer to keep things private.
"And I bet so many people wanna know so much more about that which, honestly, I take as a compliment, but here's the thing... I'm somebody who wants to keep the details of my personal life private (so is Phil),” he said.
"Lots of people these days, thanks to social media, want to share and monetise every aspect of their life and then as soon as something changes suddenly it's this huge drama because everyone got invested in the story of your life like it's a soap opera...I don't want that."