Gay soldier comes out to his father from Afghanistan, posts the video on YouTube

A gay U.S. soldier filmed himself coming out about his sexuality to his father on Tuesday and posted the video on YouTube.

"Hey, can I tell you something?" asks Randy Philips, a 21-year-old soldier based at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He made the call to his dad hours after the Pentagon repealed the 'don't ask, don't tell' law preventing gays from openly serving in the military.

Philips previously chronicled his struggle with being gay in the military under the YouTube and Twitter names "AreYouSurprised."

Prior to making the call Philips admits that he is "about as nervous as I can ever be."

He explains to his father that he didn't want to tell him over the phone but didn't want him to find out from someone else.

"I still love you, son," his dad says after hearing the news. "This doesn't change our relationship."

On YouTube, his video description reads: "I called my dad to tell him the hardest thing that gay guys will ever have to say."

Now that the gay military ban has ended, other soldiers have begun coming out.


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