YouTube personality Joey Graceffa came out in May, in a video for his song “Don’t Wait,” which ended with a 24-year-old kissing a man.
“I might as well say it for real. Obviously this has been taken away from the video, but I’m gay,” he said in a subsequent video titled “YES I’M GAY.” “I did it in the music video, but that was not officially saying it — because in a way I think it’s not necessary to have to say who you are and do a video talking about your sexuality. I wanted to do it in a creative way that’s to me. But it’s also important to be proud and open who you are and show people that it’s okay to be gay. That’s who I am and I’m not going to hide that anymore.”
Five months later, Graceffa says the experience has been “very rewarding.”
“I get to be more of myself without feeling like I’m hiding something,” he said at Stream Con on Saturday. “Or I have to be particular with what’s in my videos. Now I can paint my nails. You don’t have to be gay to paint your nails, but I feel more free and not judged about my actions, like wearing a wig or wearing makeup. Just being able to be myself more, and not feeling like I have to hide a part of my life.”
Graceffa’s words echo similar comments made by Connor Franta at Stream Con. Franta came out last December.
“I’m just very comfortable being me. I don’t worry about pronouns or anything like that. In public, I do whatever I want, I say whatever I want. It’s great,” Franta said. “I’m just comfortable in my own skin.”
Watch Graceffa discuss his life and future plans in the video above.