YouTube's Gay Airman Feels Support from Unit, Family

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com September 21 2011 12:50 PM ET

Private 1st class Randy Phillips, the 21-year-old airman stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany came out to his father and the world on the first day that "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, said everyone around him has been supportive so far.

"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 this morning. "I think everybody knows. I never thought I'd be so comfortable with it. It's very supportive. Everybody's been absolutely great."

Phillips, who has become a YouTube sensation, was posting faceless videos of himself for the last few months in which he talked about being a closeted gay man and in the Air Force.

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