‘The Walking Dead’ Actor Daniel Newman Comes Out in Emotional YouTube Video
Out and proud.
The Walking Dead star Daniel Newman came out on Friday in an emotional YouTube video — and what he says will bring you to tears.
The actor, who plays Daniel (a soldier for The Kingdom) on the AMC show, began by recalling a time when he volunteered at a homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth.
When a girl at the shelter mistook him for being straight, the actor told her he wasn't. That's when she asked why he hasn't come out publicly, considering the impact it could have on other closeted kids.
"I said, 'I'm not straight.' She said, 'Why have you never said that publicly before? You could help change our lives," Daniel recalled in the video.
"It hit me like a gut punch. I realized how important it is, in this day and age, to be visable, have people know who you are."
Before the video, the actor hinted at coming out on Twitter by hashtagging that he's #OutandProud.
Though the star, who has also appeared on The Vampire Diaries, didn't mention whether he's gay or bi, he still understood as an actore has an important platform.
“You see at this moment how rights are getting stripped from people so quickly," he said. "Who are the easiest people to take rights from? People that are invisible, people that are staying silent.”
Daniel, who said he grew up in an Irish-Catholic family in a rural farm town in Georgia, cited his southern upbringing as why it took him so long to come out.
“I grew up in a very conservative southern Georgia home, and it didn’t really matter what your sexuality was — it just wasn’t open conversation,” he told People.
“It was always, ‘Don’t talk about your private life,’ so I was so used to that."
In the video, the actor also discussed how he didn't want to come out when he was younger because he didn't want to be labeled as a "sissy" or "effeminate."
"When someone said the word 'gay' or 'bi,' I was like, 'I don't want to wear a dress. I don't want to be girly. That's not me," he said.
After coming out, the actor has received an outpouring of love and support from fans. On Saturday, he also attended the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, officially marking his debut as an out man.
#OutandProud. Watch the emotional video below.