Country singer Cameron Hawthorn has come out as gay in a new music video.
The Kansas singer came out on Friday (March 8) as he released the video for single “Dancing in the Living Room.”
The emotional video features footage of couples, gay and straight, tenderly dancing together in the privacy of their own home.
Cameron Hawthorn music video features emotional coming out moment
The video culminates in a scene that shows Hawthorn himself going home to his lover, who is revealed to be a man, as the pair dance togerher and embrace.
It features the lyrics: “We do us, and love is love, until we grow old and grey, stayin’ up late and dancing in the living room.”
Speaking to The Advocate, the singer said: “I remember always thinking how special it was to dance freely with my boyfriend in the living room of our apartment — being gay, it’s not as easy to dance as a couple in public together as it is for a straight couple.
“I wanted to express how special that moment is for a couple, when it’s just the two of you in the privacy of your own four walls.”‘
Fans praise Cameron Hawthorn’s ‘beautiful’ coming out video
The clip has had a positive reaction on YouTube, with many noting the bravery of coming out in country music, which has few LGBT+ role models and is still often dominated by conservative ideals.
One fan said: “Most people are just looking for permission to be themselves. It takes others to show that no one needs to give you permission.
“Thanks for giving yourself permission, and leading the way for others to be themselves, too.”
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Another said: “I absolutely have always hated country music and its culture, but man, if this is the direction the genre is going in, then I am willing to give it a chance.
“What a beautiful song and video. You have the honor of being the first country song on my Spotify list.”
Cameron Hawthorn: Support ‘truly means the world’
The singer thanked fans for all the messages of support.
He tweeted: “I dreamt of making this video after writing “Dancing in the Living Room”, & I honestly never knew if I would. I’m extremely proud to release it today.”
He added: “I’m so beyond happy by all of the love pouring in for “Dancing in the Living Room”. Wow.
“It has been an absolute delight reading your comments & messages.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. Truly means the world ❤️”
The singer is not the first to come out via a music video.
Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt publicly came out as gay on Valentine’s Day through an emotional music video based on his own life.