Daniel Howell comes out as gay

13 June 2019, 21:44 | Updated: 13 June 2019, 22:46

Dan Howell comes out as gay
Dan Howell comes out as gay. Picture: Dan Howell

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"Spoiler alert: I'm not straight"

Daniel Howell has come out as gay in a new video.

The YouTuber, who has been making videos for nearly 10 years on YouTube, uploaded a video tonight titled "Basically I'm Gay".

Writing on his Twitter, Dan explained why he decided to upload the video now during Pride Month.

"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."

In the video, Dan opens up about his sexuality and his journey to self-acceptance. At one point in the video, Dan opens up about contemplating suicide while at school because, "I saw no escape". It is the first time Dan has ever spoken about the incident.

In the caption to the video, Dan wrote: "Let me tell you a queer little story about a boy named Dan."

"Content warning: this video contains far too much strong language and discussions of general sexuality, discriminatory language, bullying and an attempt on my own life. Otherwise totally appropriate for education, instilling good values in young children and my grandma who I will expect a disappointed text from.

"Disclaimer - This video is just a starting point for me, what I felt was the bare minimum (ha) required for me to get this out there so I can move forward with my life, a mix of explanation, justification and opinion. It scratched the surface of several things I could have gone into more detail about, but the purpose of this was to be ..reasonably concise and above all entertaining."

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In the future, in the right places, I will surely talk much more about everything touched on in this video and more. It’s also likely that something will get misunderstood or misrepresented, perhaps from the way I phrased things or people assuming my thoughts on things that I didn’t specify. Also my story is just the truth of what happened to me and what I thought at certain points of time in my environment, good and bad - of course not my opinions today. So JUST to be clear my opinion on general sexual and gender identities are that everyone is valid and deserves equal rights and the freedom to exist. The only thing I don’t tolerate is intolerance. Cheers to an inevitable bright future, either because people become nice and the old people die or the sun explodes first lmao."

Watch the video below:

Dan's coming out video following a long period away from YouTube.

Following the Interactive Introverts world tour did he with Phil Lester last year, Dan has spent several months away from the platform.

The last video he posted on his main channel, a highlights video from a show in London, was posted in June 2018. There was a little more activity on Dan and Phil's gaming channel for a while, although they stopped uploading videos to that five months ago.

Last week he announced his come back and that he will be attending VidCon US.

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