YouTube is all about being open and sharing anything and everything that comes to mind. Seriously, YouTubers share EVERYTHING. Remember when Colleen Ballinger-Evans aka Miranda Sings announced her ~pregnancy~ on her channel? How about the time Joey Graceffa introduced the world to his new man after MONTHS of speculation? Basically, this platform is the perfect place to make big announcements.
That being said, perhaps the biggest announcement of them all is when a YT star takes the brave step to come out in a video. To be so open and vulnerable in front of millions is, without question, one of the toughest things a person can do, so all of the YouTubers who have mustered up the courage to share their sexuality with the world deserve some serious kudos. To see which of your faves came out via YT vid, scroll through the gallery now.
Connor has over five million subscribers on YouTube and back in 2014 he decided to tell all of them that he was gay. Before his December 8 video titled "Coming Out," he had denied that he was homosexual and even posted a video months before called "I'm Not Gay." During his video, he talked about how he dated girls in the past to "be normal," but then started to really think about his true sexual identity in college. Connor was truthful and very articulate throughout, and ended the vid by saying, "I don't want anyone to be afraid; I don't want anyone holding back who they are." So inspirational!
On June 9, 2015, beauty guru Ingrid Nilson aka missglamorazzi shocked everyone by uploading a video called "Something I Want You To Know (Coming Out)." The 27-year-old star was emotional (and somewhat giddy) as she began by saying, "I'm gay! It feels so good to say that." The beauty and fashion star spent 19 minutes describing how, although she had publicly dated guys in the past, she knew she was lesbian since she was about four years old and how "it has always been a part of [her]." Since her announcement, Ingrid has found love with fellow LGBTQ YouTuber Hannah Hart and is happier than ever.
This Australian star came out to the YouTube community in 2013. He started his straightforward video by saying the date, because he had actually told his family that he was gay on the same day three years prior. While the singer waited quite some time to tell his subscribers, he said his sexual orientation was "not something [he's] ashamed of."
The 20-year-old cutie revealed that he first opened up about his feelings when he was 14 years old to one of his best friends. He continued to talk about how he told his dad and the rest of his family, in order to show others how he got through the process of telling everyone who was close to him. "It will get better for everyone," he said. He even added his e-mail address on his channel so anyone could reach out to him if they need help with their own journey.
Gigi Gorgeous has transformed in front of her followers' very eyes. In fact, she actually started her career on YouTube as Gregory Gorgeous. In December 2013, Gigi took a moment to sit down and explain to people what was going on in her life. "I'm not the same person as I was when I started my YouTube channel," she said. "This video is me just telling you guys that I want to be female; I am transgender." Since coming out, Gigi has become an ambassador for the transgender community, and has even drawn attention from celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Kylie Jenner!
Back in July 2015, Shane came out as bisexual in an emotional 15-minute video. The 27-year-old YouTube star talked about how long he was confused about his sexuality, and the back and forth he went through in his mind while trying to figure it out. "I can't honestly say I'm gay. I can't honestly say I'm straight. But I can honestly say that I am open to love in any way, and I guess that makes me bisexual," Shane said before he signed off.
The 24-year-old social media star got very creative in how he told his fans that he was gay. In fact, his coming out video was really cool. On May 16, 2015 he released a music video titled “Don’t Wait” and at the same time announced that he was gay. The music video tells the story of a prince who gets his own prince in the end after battling his own evil twin. He had his own happily-ever-after kiss and in that moment confirmed his sexuality at the same time. “After 8 years of this topic being the most discussed thing on my YouTube channel. To FINALLY be open felt incredible,” he tweeted the next day. He also posted a follow-up video where he openly discussed being gay the day after his music video was published.
Like Joey, the hilarious Trevor Moran decided to come out in a cool music video called "I Wanna Fly." The vid showed him falling for a guy and then being taken away from him and put with a woman, who he was not attracted to. The 17 year old left fans a bit confused for about a week, but then he uploaded another video where he finally admitted that he was gay. "That was hard to say to the camera, dude," he said. "I don't feel like I was ever in the closet, I feel like I was in a glass closet." He then did a Trevor's Q & Gay on the video and it was both funny and truthful.
Austin & Aaron Rhodes
The Rhodes Bros don't have millions of followers, but their coming-out video was viewed by 21 million people, which makes it one of the most viewed ever! On June 14, 2015, Austin and Aaron, who are twins, announced that they are both gay with a video that was heartfelt and definitely emotional. The pair kept the camera rolling as they called their dad (he was far away so they couldn't tell him in person) to tell them about their sexuality. Both boys started crying almost immediately, and actually had a hard time getting the words out. "I'm gay and Austin is too and we just wanted to call and tell you," Aaron said. Their dad's reaction was everything. "You know I love you both. That will never change." YES!!
Lucas aka Fred Figglehorn quit YouTube for a little bit (he is officially back making videos, thank goodness), but back in 2013, when he was regularly making videos he managed to announce that he was gay in a very casual way. While doing a Q&A with fellow YouTuber and friend Jenny Veal, one of his fans asked if he was gay. "He's gay," Jenny said. "I'm gay," Lucas added. The two couldn't stop laughing as they talked about it. Lucas then said, "My family and friends have known for three years, I just haven't felt the need to announce it on the Internet." Lucas and Jenny later titled the video, "Are You Gay?!?!" and it was hugely popular.
Alex, who is better known by his YouTube name, TheRealAlexBertie, decided to address rumors about him being transgender in a video titled "Transgender Coming Out," in 2012. He explained, "yes, I am transgender." He came out to his mom the week before when he was only 16 years old. The YouTuber wrote all his feelings in a letter and was so happy when she reacted with a smile. "I'm so relieved that's out there now and I don't have to pretend to be someone I'm not anymore," he said at the end of the video.
Jordan, who is commonly known as Jordan Doww, had an interesting (and very powerful) way of coming out. The announcement itself was only two minutes, but that was enough time to make a statement. The cool vid featured other people, who were talking about who they were and what defined them. Their common link was that they were all human, which is what Jordan wanted to prove. Jordan titled his post and video, "I'm Jordan Doww. I Am Gay, I Am Human." It still gives us chills when we watch it!
Luke & Adam Monastero
The Monastero Twins might only have 50 thousand followers (which is impressive, might we add), but their coming out video got over 3 million viewse. Luke and Adam decided to come out to their parents, but unlike Austin & Aaron, were able to see them in person. With the help of a hidden camera, the brothers spoke openly to their parents and made one of the most authentic and inspiring videos of all time.
Jordan Raskopolous, member of the Australian comedy troop Axis of Awesome, came out as transgender in a video titled, "What Happened to Jordan's Beard?" The 34 year old told viewers that she came out to her family and friends at the end of 2014 and began the transition in March 2015. "Being trans does not mean you have to give up on your life, your friends, your family, your career, or your achievements,” she encouraged. “I am going to continue doing exactly what I was doing before, and I’m going to be f***ing awesome.”