Coming out as gay can feel like an isolating experience — but YouTube users are proving it doesn’t have to be.
The YouTube coming-out video has become its own mini-genre in the past few years. Actress Ellen Page, Olympian Tom Daley, and YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen are among the many people who’ve gone viral on the platform while publicly revealing their sexual orientation.
And after these reveals, millions of views, likes, and positive comments come rolling in. The messages of support usually outnumber the hateful comments — a welcome contrast to the YouTube community’s reputation as a place for nasty commenters.
Last week, YouTube released an emotional video in celebration of the SCOTUS decision to legalise gay marriage in the United States, reminding us all that when people are looking for solidarity while trying to find the strength to come out, YouTube is one of the first places they go.
Here are the top 10 most viewed YouTube coming-out videos of all time.