DADT Trending Video: 'Telling My Dad that I'm Gay'

September 20, 2011

YouTube user AreYouSuprised has been posting videos since April, but his account first drew real attention when he posted a video of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson and "Sidewinder" of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band performing Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," a cover that was posted on August 8th and has now been seen upwards of 1.5 million times:

AreYouSuprised was described as "anonymous" in the press when the video was being circulated as all of his other videos were vlogs about his self-described experiences being gay in the military. Nearly all the videos are shot from the neck down, and here AreYouSuprised openly discusses his thoughts about hiding his identity.

Today marked the official end of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, and AreYouSuprised posted a video he recorded calling his father to reveal his sexuality.

The video, which was filmed early this morning Germany-time, became one of today's top Trending Videos and is quickly drawing tens of thousands of views.

Update: The video has drawn over 1 million views in 24 hours and was the most-viewed video in the U.S. last evening into this morning.