The closeted solider who has been popularly documenting his coming out process on YouTube for nearly six months has finally shown his face to the world.
I’ve featured him on Queer Corner a few other times. He’s 21, from Alabama, a servicemember who was serving in Afghanistan, but is stationed in Germany, and was deeply in the closet. Before his first video April 18, he’d never told anyone, not even his parents, and obviously not his girlfriend.
At about 3 a.m. this morning the now famous, yet still nameless, recruit filmed himself back in in his quarters on base in Germany coming out to father over the phone, to celebrate Obama and the military officially lifting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. This time, however, he showed his entire face. It was probably one of the most powerful YouTube videos I’ve seen. His father, who sports a thick Southern accent, was great, reiterating the fact that he would always love his son, no matter what, throughout the call.
I’ve been watching this soldier’s YouTube videos for some time now and am happy to see he’s finally coming into his own and embracing his true self. He’s obviously gone viral and his chiseled features have also made him pretty popular in the gay blogosphere. I still maintain this is the most revolutionary piece of activism I’ve ever seen. This dude is definitely changing the game and changing lives in the process.
You can check out the moving video below:
UPDATE (9/21, 2:08 a.m.): The “headless soldier” has gone mainstream. He was featured on CNN last night, where his name was revealed (Randy Phillips) and he talked about his experience coming out to his mother. Click HERE to check out the CNN report