'Dad, I'm gay. Do you still love me?'
Published: September 21, 2011
NAPLES, Italy - A Europe-based servicemember has been making waves in the past day with a video he posted on Youtube, hours after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Tuesday, in which he calls his father and tells him he's gay.
"Can I tell you something?" the man asks his father.
"Will you love me, period?" The father says, yes.
"Dad, I'm gay. Do you still love me?"
"I still love you, son."
The troop, identified Wednesday by the Washington Post as 21-year-old Germany-based Randy Phillips, posts YouTube videos under the name "AreYouSurprised." As of Wednesday afternoon Europe time, the video had more than 1.5 million hits and had been shared via numerous media Web sites.
It's not the first time Phillips has taken to YouTube to talk about being a gay man in the military.
In a video posted Sept. 14, less than a week before the DADT repeal, Phillips posted a video that doesn't show his face. In the clip, he says that while deployed to the Middle East earlier this year, his coworkers found out he was gay via his YouTube channel over the course of about an hour.
"I was terrified," he says in the clip, adding that in the end, it was a huge relief no longer to have to hide his orientation.
A previous video posted in July shows Phillips telling a uniformed colleague that he's gay.
"It's all good," the friend answers.
Phillips quickly adds, "don't say my name."