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  1. Rt Rev Dr Barry Rathbone 20 Sep 2011, 11:36pm

    what a fantastic moment for a father and son to share. Just as fantastic as my own experience with my mum and dad. Wish everyone’s were so positive as this brave young man and his dad’s/

  2. Brings a tear to your eye, lovely video. :)

  3. I am struggling to hold back my tears, here!

    1. Barry Walton 20 Sep 2011, 11:49pm

      Excellent, at last, a genuine response from a real father, well done to them both.

  4. He’s so sweet, he needs a cuddle!

    1. Take a ticket and stand in line!

  5. Wish my experience with my parents had been so well handled

    But it is good to see a positive experience and linked to the good news that DODT is dead

  6. Hope he gave dad the choice to air it and didnt just go ahead- some moments need some privacy. Very emotional though, dont remember telling my dad i was that drunk….!

  7. jessiepeace 21 Sep 2011, 12:51am

    I really wanted to cry, it was so sweet.

  8. Pretty sure he said “since forever” not “whatever”. A beautiful video, but I didn’t breathe for a while at the beginning.

    1. jessiepeace 21 Sep 2011, 2:22am

      My heart started pupping really fast for him!

  9. The video actually made ne cry. I never cry.
    White people are so lucky. When my dad found out that I was gay he killed my mum (for having a gay son) and then my sister (for helping me escape the country). I wish my dad loved me unconditionally too.

    1. That’s horrible!

      Trust me, if the man is going to take to murdering your relatives I’d really not want to know the psychopath.

      1. John from MN 27 Sep 2011, 1:16pm

        Pretty sure he meant he wished his dad loved him unconditionally from the beginning and been like the soldier’s father.

  10. What an awesome video. Felt so much for this soldier and how brave that he stood up for his sexuality and with blessings from his father. Love him. Emotional moment to cherish with all our comrades.

  11. He is my hero and I love him too. God bless his dad for loving his gay son, now if only all dads and moms would love their LGBT children and not push them out of their lives.

    America now needs a day to celebrate “Free to be LGBT day in the US Military.”

  12. “Love you no matter what! Proud of you son!” How many wish those were the words they heard. To come out family and the world on You Tube took great courage. So happy he got a positive response. Best wishes to him for his future and much happiness.

  13. It is nice to know that he could do this now that DADT has been repealed, for any one who is interested here is a podcast of a CBC recording of lives were affected under this 18 year old shame.

  14. How sincere. This act was from the heart thata the only reason why i would post something so personal on you tube and not because i want to be on ellen

    1. I don’t really think it would be appopriate to put that video on Youtube without Dad’s knowledge and consent.

      I am very happy that it went well for him.

      But really. He came out to his Dad knowing full well that there was an audience watching.

      That’s kind of tacky. Unless the Dad knew about it and told him to go ahead.

      1. I assume he recorded it, but only made the final decision to upload it to Youtube after it had gone well.

  15. Cambodia Guesthouse 21 Sep 2011, 7:42am

    Yes a very heartwarming moment..

    So special. I am very happy for him. A TRUE hero.

  16. Jock S. Trap 21 Sep 2011, 8:19am

    A great moment to a great piece of legislation. All should be respected. no matter who they are.

    A lovely news item and so positive. More please.

  17. On CNN:

    1. He’s done a Kardashian he’s a celeb now

      1. Perhaps he just wanted to show others “it gets better” ?

        1. Maybe I’m too cynical. It doesn’t get better for everyone especially if you’re form a minority in the UK. Many muslims are rejected from their families and experience racism from gay people. Most gay venues are not accessible and the it’s gets bertter campaign is only done in english what about deaf LGBT or don’t they matter?

          1. Why Can’t you just forget yourself for a second and be happy/ proud for the guy. And accept he’s trying to convince suicidal LGBT teens not to kill themselves just yet!! Selfish w**ker.

          2. Cynical? You’re more than cynical, you’re the equivalent of a fart in an elevator.

            Oh and there are many It Gets Better Videos in sign language – mainly ASL, but remember it is a largely North American project. You can find a list of them here:


  18. Sam Maloney 21 Sep 2011, 9:33am

    Wow– can’t imagine how much courage that took, and what a wonderful reaction from Dad!!!

    But I wish Pink would change the transcript– he says he’s known ‘since FOREVER’, not ‘whatever’. Makes a lot more sense, yes?

    1. Let’s not get carried away about this,

      Yes coming out to a parent is scary and involves much courage.

      But if you’ve come out to your own parents then of course you can imagine the courage it takes.

      Many, many, many LGBT people have done it, Most without video cameras though.

  19. Lovely video.

    Although I hope he waited a couple of weeks before he put the video on Youtube.

    Coming out to one’s parents is a deeply personal and emotional time. Not just for the gay person but also for the parent.

    His father deserves time to process and accept the news, so I hope this soldier had the common sense to allow him time to do that.

    Well done to him though.

  20. It’s very moving and a great reaction from the father (interesting that he wanted to tell him first), but I do find it beyond astonishing that anyone would want to put something quite so intensely personal live on YouTube.

    1. Blame kim Kardashian slapper with a “leaked ” porn movie now worth millions

  21. Wonderful teary moment, and one plainly based on what was already an intimate loving relationship between father and son (sadly I don’t think that they are very common).

    1. Evidence?

  22. Hmmmn.

    I don’t understand the need for people to broadcast their entire lives online.

    Hopefully this will turn him into a Youtube Partner and he’ll make Mi££ion$…

    1. This was NOT his aim hence he repeated this phrase numerous times; “it gets better”.

    2. “I don’t understand the need for people to broadcast their entire lives online.”

      Ironic when you use an online forum such as this to broadcast your opinions. Obviously you’re exempt.

      1. In fairness, I don’t think you can really compare a discussion forum where most of the participants are more or less anonymous with broadcasting a personal telephone conversation on YouTube.


  24. Had tears listening to this…
    Only wish my coming out with my father was as happy as this was – still not spoken for 5 yrs…real shame

    Best of luck to this hot guy

    1. I’m sorry to hear about the situation with your father, it must have been hard.

    2. Call him today! It takes two not to talk to eachother!

  25. That was one of the single most bravest things I’ve seen someone do, ever.

  26. This reminds me exactly, of my own coming out. Daddy being the first in the family.

  27. I’ve just seen the comments that people have been leaving on the video page and I am totally shocked… everything from homophobic abuse to promotion of the KKK and “white pride”.

    I posted a forum post on the Google forums about it and just got replies from people saying in no and certain terms “if you dont like it, then lobby YouTube to be banned in your country”.

    This guy has the guts to come out while serving his country and prople treat him like this. It’s disgusting.

  28. That took bucket loads of guts, i hope he continue’s in the forces best of luck to you and I hope it all works for the best. i am gay and a former British Serviceman

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