One of the stars of the hit TV series The Walking Dead has come out as gay in a touching video message online.
Daniel Newman, who plays a Kingdom colony survivor named Daniel in the US series, opened up about his sexuality for the first time on Twitter.
“I’m #OUTandPROUD #LGBT Love you guys,” he tweeted. “Be proud to be yourself. We need everyone just the way you are!”
In a video message, the 36-year-old explained that a chance meeting with a young queer girl at a homeless youth shelter inspired him to make the announcement.
“I realized how important it is in this day and age to be visible, to have people know who you are,” he said.
“When you’re accomplishing incredible things and you’re hiding who you are, you are hurting hundreds of millions of people.”
— Daniel Newma? (@DanielNewman) March 30, 2017
He said he’d been encouraged to stay closeted for the sake of his career.
“I’m an actor. The whole world, the industry, is like, ‘Here’s your big break, you’re on The Walking Dead, you can’t come out, you can’t be in the press, because everything you work so hard for is going to be gone,'” he said.
“‘There’s no gay or bi leading men, no action heroes, your career’s going to be over.’ I don’t care, because I know what’s right. I’m standing with you guys.”
Watch Daniel’s message below: