YouTuber ends year-long silence with a new video: ‘Basically I’m Gay’

Dan Howell, a popular YouTuber, ended his year-long silence Thursday with a new video to his 6.4 million subscribers. Its title: “Basically I’m Gay.”

“Queer people exist,” Howell said in the 45-minute video. “Choosing not to accept them is not an option. To anyone watching this that isn’t out, it’s OK. You’re OK. You were born this way. It’s right. And anyone that has a problem with it is wrong.”

“Based on your circumstance you might not feel ready to tell people yet, or that it’s safe, and that’s fine too. Just know that living your truth with pride is the way to be happy. You are valid. It gets so much better. And the future is clear. It’s pretty queer.”

Howell, who is from London, said the video had been in the works for quite some time, but he knew he always wanted to upload it during Pride Month.

“i always wanted to upload this next video in the month of june ended up taking an entire year longer than i thought but here we are again and now it is time,” he said on Twitter.

Howell credited his fans for helping him feel comfortable to be open about his sexuality.

“[T]his really feels like a new chapter for me,” he tweeted after posting the video. “[I] doubted all my life that the world would change to be a place i could personally feel open and accepted and that’s because of all of you. thank you.”