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Military Airman Who Came Out to Dad on YouTube Talks to ABC News: VIDEO


Randy Phillips, the airman (I've been referring to him as soldier while he remained anonymous) whose coming out video to his father went viral yesterday, spoke briefly with ABC News about coming out, and says his whole family now knows he's gay.

Said Phillips: "It feels great. it's nice not having to look over your shoulder or worry about who you are talking to, Phillips told ABC News the day after "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". I think everybody knows. I never thought I'd be so comfortable with it. It's very supportive. Everybody's been absolutely great."

ABC News adds: "As for Phillips' father, he told ABC News that he was not exactly thrilled that his son put the clip on YouTube -- but reiterated once again that he loves his son, and always will."


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  1. I have been subscribed to Randy early on and was so proud of him when he came out to his father. His father is a great father and he is lucky to have such a great family. Now all he needs is a good man to spend the rest of his life with. Good Luck Randy!

    Posted by: Harry | Sep 21, 2011 9:19:24 PM

  2. I actually couldn't watch this the whole way through when I first saw it. Had to get up and go to the break room (I was at work) three times while it played.

    1) Yes I'm gay and circumstances worked out so I also had to do this father-son conversation by phone.

    2) Thought Mom had a clue and Dad didn't, turned out opposite

    3) Extremely private moment and had the feeling I just shouldn't be watching it "live". Maybe should have asked Dad if ok to post it for millions of viewers.

    4) Totally proud of the young man for having the balls to do something at 21 that took me until 33.

    Posted by: Bryan Monteith | Sep 24, 2011 1:22:41 AM

  3. my comment, Bryan USNA '88

    Posted by: Bryan Monteith | Sep 24, 2011 1:52:12 AM

  4. Hey Bryan: Thanks for your service and congratulations on being out and proud!

    I think Randy's parents were both pretty amazing. They both stated they will always love him (although his Mom was clearly stunned by the news and needed time to process her son's revelation). She was still telling him of her love. His Dad was (is) really great.

    The entire family is a beautiful example of how you can grow in love, compassion and understanding. They have accepted his sister's mate, and I trust they will continue to evolve--just as America will.

    Randy you have helped so many kids (and adults) with your story. Thank you for sharing your life and helping make the world a better place. To the rest of the Phillips family--best wishes and godspeed.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Sep 30, 2011 6:40:53 AM

  5. I incidentally met Randy in Florida on the beach a few weeks ago not knowing who he was...I yelled out at him walking by joking that I wanted his Corona board shorts, well as if to "give me the shirt off his back", I ended up with his swim trunks and he ended up with mine. Don't ask, and I won't tell any more...HaHa! Great guy! At the time he only told me to "google" his name as he ran off... wish I had known then what I know now! LOL ~ Mike ~ *Hey Randy buddy!, contact me if you want your shorts back! ;-)

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 12, 2012 2:14:39 PM

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