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Connor Franta comes out

Popular YouTuber reveals he is gay in emotional new video

Super-popular YouTube star Connor Franta recently announced to his 3.6 million YouTube subscribers and 2.37 million Twitter followers that he is gay in a heartfelt video. If you're not sure what a Connor Franta is, go ask a teenager. Anyway: "2014 is truly the year that I have accepted who I am and become happy with that person. So today I want to talk to you guys about that and be open and honest, and tell you that I'm gay," Franta says in the video.

Franta, who joined YouTube in 2010 and until earlier this year was a part of the successful vlog channel Our2ndLife. Though he'd previously denied speculation about his sexuality, he explains in his coming out video that it had taken him a long time to accept himself. "I was tired of running. I was tired of hiding," he says. "I just want to be me and not be afraid." His fans have been very, very supportive — well, most of them, at least.

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