daniel howells story...
It's June and around the world millions of people are celebrating and taking pride in their identity, whether it's your sexuality or even your gender. For popular YouTuber, Daniel Howell or danisnotonfire with his 6.5 million subscribers, it's time for the long-awaited answer to his sexual identity.
3 Days ago on the 13th of June 2019, after a year-long hiatus, Dan uploaded a video titled: "Basically I'm Gay". In this 45 minute video, he tells a story, his story, his thoughts on his Sexual Orientation and the labels that people place upon themselves. Another topic he touches is Bullying where he shares a message to all the others who may be experiencing it.
Dan goes in depth about his experience with his sexuality. He talks about how people were using the word 'Gay' as a general insult calling him it when it wasn't prompted or when there was no reason to even assume. He also talks about the bullying when his school had a rumor that he was bi-sexual and how his identity caused him to get verbally and physically bullied.
He touches on his experience with: 'Internalised Oppression'. Internalized Oppression is when a person hates a part of themselves, their identity and tries to suppress it. Dan tries to suppress the bi-sexual part of his identity and says: "The world was clearly telling me if I ever wanted to be accepted by anyone, or in my particular environment, survive. I couldn't be gay. I was afraid of it. Literally homophobic of myself."
Dan's video climbed to Number 1 on YouTube's trending page where it accumulated over 3.5 million views in 15 hours, while on twitter he hit trending with thousands of tweets being sent back and forth between his, and other online communities with an un-measurable amount of support for him, coming out.
He tweeted: "This really feels like a new chapter for me. I doubted all my life that the world would change to be a place I could personally feel open and accepted and that’s because of all of you. thank you.".
He also said that he always wanted to upload this in the month of June and were glad he did because it brought a lot of awareness, with it being pride month, of the hatred, and attacking that happens to the LGBTQ+ community however, especially during this month, support for members of the LGBTQ+ community is only growing.
Yesterday it was his birthday and to celebrate in the most: "appropriate yet inappropriate" way possible he brought a rainbow cake that had: "Big D's Big B!" written on it.
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