Daniel, 17

Australian native, Daniel, posted his first video–his coming out story–on youtube this past May. He came out to his sister when he was 15, and she was very kind and supportive. However, when his parents found out, he did not receive a positive reaction. Daniel and his father are no longer close because he believes his father feels shameful toward his sexuality. He also told his ex-girlfriend/best friend, and she was “shattered.” Daniel wishes he had come out in a different way and says that the coming out videos on youtube could have been very helpful if he had viewed them before he told his family. Despite the negative responses he has received, Daniel is brave, honest, and courageous. There is no right way to come out, and everyone’s experience is unique. Hopefully one day his parents will come to terms with their son’s sexuality and see that love is love regardless of one’s sexual orientation.

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